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Research Article

Is It Benign or Is It a Pariah? Empirical Evidence for the Impact of the Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) on Australian Birds

  • Kate Grarock mail,

    kate.grarock@gmail.com.au

    Affiliations: Fenner School of Environment and Society (College of Medicine, Biology and Environment), The Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, University of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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  • Christopher R. Tidemann,

    Affiliation: Fenner School of Environment and Society (College of Medicine, Biology and Environment), The Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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  • Jeffrey Wood,

    Affiliation: Fenner School of Environment and Society (College of Medicine, Biology and Environment), The Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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  • David B. Lindenmayer

    Affiliations: Fenner School of Environment and Society (College of Medicine, Biology and Environment), The Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, University of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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  • Published: July 11, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0040622

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rainfall omitted

Posted by andrewt on 16 Aug 2012 at 02:19 GMT

The candidate fixed variables included
http://plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0040622#article1.body1.sec2.sec4.p1

Rainfall is a puzzling omission from the variables. It is easily available. Previous work in the region has linked seasonal rainfall to bird abundance and there is large variation in rainfall over the study period. For example, sep-nov rainfall varies by a factor of over 5 over the study period at a BOM station within the study area.

No competing interests declared.

RE: rainfall omitted

KateRock replied to andrewt on 30 Oct 2012 at 09:14 GMT

We included rainfall and temperature in earlier analysis. During the editing process and due a requirement for a concise manuscript certain procedures were removed from the methods section. The lack of significance of rainfall may be due to the urban environment and watering of gardens and ovals, etc.

Competing interests declared: Author