Compound 1080 (aka sodium monofluoroacetate or sodium monofluoroacetate), is a fluorinated carboxylic acid ester with high to very high toxicity to BIRDS and mammals.
Ref: Australia. National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals. ======================================================
Weka are flightless birds in the rail family that play an important role in the forests as seed dispersers. They are very cheeky, often scrounging food from campers. They are opportunists, consuming everything from carrion and insects to leaves and berries. They are at extreme risk from 1080 poisons as they may eat toxic carrion, toxic cereal bait, toxic insects and toxic plant material (1080 also uptakes into plants). Weka are also at risk from Brodifacoum poison, the other extremely inhumane toxin often used on farm borders in conjunction with 1080. (Brodifacoum page coming soon).
“I have seen what 1080 does to our native wildlife. When you walk down a native bush milling road and count 5 dead Weka in a 70 to 80 metre stretch of that road you know you are looking at something evil. Having not been in that area hunting for awhile I made inquiries and found out it had just been 1080ed.” Ron Eddy, New Zealand
Kea are the only alpine parrot in the world, with a population of only one to two thousand remaining.
At Fox Glacier in 2008, 41% of monitored kea were killed by 1080. A Department of Conservation ‘internal report’, obtained by The Dominion Post revealed “aerial 1080 may well be a significant threat to the kea population” with some drops “probably devastating”.
Devastating was definitely the case at Okarito on New Zealand’s West Coast in 2011, when 78% of radio-collared kea were killed by 1080.
How many ways are there to kill a kea? For starters: toxic insects, toxic baits, toxic carrion. Even if kea survive a sublethal dose they may lose condition and be subject to hypothermia. Kea also may lose fertility due to the ingesting this reproductive toxin.
See Kea Rescue on our supporters page for more information on “the world’s smartest bird.”
Fantails are bold little birds that frequent gardens and forests. They flit around humans, agilely eating insects disturbed by anyone walking or digging.
As little as one half to one per cent of a fantail’s diet in the form of 1080-tainted insects is enough to kill these delightful forest friends. The photo is of a juvenile.