We used to have a thriving sparrow population (Launceston, Tasmania). Five years ago, or so, the sparrows were a nuicence, stealing dog food and gorging themselves on our lettuces.
Now we have none - we talked to friends, they, too, noticed the absence of those birds.

What could have been their demise? There was no eradication plan as far as I know.


It's difficult to say exactly but there has been an outbrealk of Salmonella in sparrows in your area recently and that could be the cause. There's more about that here http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-07/s … ws/4872296

Alternatively they could have moved to better feeding or breeding sites although it does sound like they were quite well fed where they were.

Last edited by Sam Hardman (9th Mar 2014 18:38:00)