'Chicken Hawks and Owlet Nightjars'

To: "Allan Benson" <>, "birding Aus" <>
Subject: 'Chicken Hawks and Owlet Nightjars'
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 00 06:04:57 +0000
Hello Allan and all
Up here at certain times of the year one can see Owlet Nightjars just 
sitting by the side of the road or on low branches.  I have rarely seen 
them dead on the roads; Tawny Frogmouth and Spotted Nightjar corpses are 
much more common.

Bush people here call any raptor that preys on domestic and ground-birds 
a chicken-hawk.  I've also heard the term applied to birds of prey that 
hunt finches.  The old-timers around Pine Creek tell me these birds (most 
sound like goshawks by the description) will dive into a flock of 
Gouldian Finches, going after the brightly-coloured adults.  

Denise Goodfellow (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)
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