RFI: Nocturnal Ravens

Subject: RFI: Nocturnal Ravens
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 1997 14:27:25 +1000 (EST)
Has anybody seen Little Ravens, or other Corvus species, foraging at night
by making use of artificial lighting - such as Silver Gulls are known to do?

This question has come up because of worries that large birds flying around
a tip near Melbourne Airport might pose a threat to aircraft movements at
night if the tip and its surrounds were illuminated to allow night dumping.
Presumably both aircraft and birds are less visible to each other at night,
with some increased risk of contact.

One would think that intelligent and opportunistic foragers such as the
corvids would quickly learn to use artificial lighting, but any solid
records of them doing so would be useful.

Thanks for any help,  Hugo.

Hugo Phillipps,
Birds Australia Conservation & Liaison,
Australian Bird Research Centre,
415 Riversdale Road,
Hawthorn East, VIC 3123, Australia.
Tel: +61 3 9882 2622. Fax: +61 3 9882 2677.
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