birding-aus Mystery Killings

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Subject: birding-aus Mystery Killings
From: Nick Carlile <>
Date: Thu, 13 May 1999 11:15:49 +1000
> The deaths of the Pheasant Coucal and Oriental Cuckoo sound very much
> like the work of a large Owl.
> In my experience with predator kills of Gould's petrel on Cabbage Tree
> Island, off Port Stephens NSW, Owls will always feed on their prey by
> standing on the preys back and going into the body caviety on either
> side of the spine to remove the soft tissue first (Hence the lungs and
> intestines removed from those birds described).
> I am sorry if it sounds a little gory but in my line of work it has
> been
> important to identify predator birds from how they feed on prey.
> I hope this is of some help and interest
> Cheers
> Nicholas Carlile
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