Re­ward goes out

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

There’s a price on the head of one of the world’s most in­va­sive birds.

The De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion is of­fer­ing a $300 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion that leads to the cap­ture of the red-vented bul­bul.

De­part­ment spokes­woman Liz Brooks says it’s be­lieved there are at least five of the birds in Auck­land and they prob­a­bly ar­rived by ship or yacht.

Red-vented bul­buls are con­firmed to be lurk­ing in the Ma­nurewa/ Al­fris­ton area.

They threaten na­tive birds and fruit and veg­etable crops and are listed as an un­wanted or­gan­ism un­der the Biose­cu­rity Act 1993.

Ms Brooks says the pay­out is avail­able un­til Novem­ber 10.

It will go to the per­son who pro­vides the first sight­ing re­port that leads di­rectly to a suc­cess­ful cap­ture by the re­sponse team.

Keep an eye out for a bird about the size of a star­ling with a black head, grey-white belly and distinc­tive crim­sonred patch un­der­neath its tail.

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