Re: birding-aus avian ectoparasites

Subject: Re: birding-aus avian ectoparasites
From: "David Geering"<>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 08:14:05 +1000


Your fly is a Hypoboscid (spelling is probably incorrect) fly.  Very common
on birds and mammals.  They are regularly encountered by banders while
handling birds.  I have been informed that they are largely species
specific, ie the fly on a scrub-wren will be a different species to that on
a robin, bowerbird, parrot, etc etc.  I think they feed on feather debris.
Will do a bit of research and get back to you, unless others have more
specific information..

David Geering

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