Foreign magpie spotted at Pilbara port
A foreign magpie which likely came to WA aboard a ship has been found and removed from Cape Lambert Port near Wickham.
The Eurasian magpie was first spotted at the Rio Tinto facility last year, before re-appearing in August when it was reported by port staff.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development biosecurity officer Lara Martin said the Eurasian magpie was a declared bird not present in Western Australia.
“Eurasian magpies are omnivorous, feeding on insects, other birds’ eggs and chicks, grain and other vegetable matter,” she said.
“They have the potential to establish, spread and adversely impact on agriculture and the environment in WA.
“It is important we take efforts to ensure these birds do not establish in Australia.”
Ms Martin said effective removal of declared birds involved extensive surveillance and planning by department officers, who also relied on co-operation from the community.
“Rio Tinto environmental officers and staff have provided important support, particularly through their surveillance efforts.”
While surveillance had indicated that there was just one bird in this case, it is a reminder for people to remain vigilant for unusual birds which could become established pests in Western Australia.
Any sightings of Eurasian magpies or other unusual birds in the area should be reported to the department’s Pest and Disease Information Service on 9368 3080.
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