Kōrero: Introduced land birds

The sparrow pest

The sparrow pest

House sparrows were introduced to New Zealand in 1866. But by 1878, only 12 years later, the Otago Witness was reporting a meeting in Kaiapoi to deal with the sparrow pest. By then sparrows were having a serious effect on grain crops and farmers, as this account suggests, were resorting to radical measures.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Otago Witness, 22 June 1878, p. 3

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Christina Troup, 'Introduced land birds - House sparrows', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/ephemera/17176/the-sparrow-pest (accessed 7 December 2023)

He kōrero nā Christina Troup, i tāngia i te 24 Nov 2008, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015