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From: (Richard Johnson)
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 12:02:17 +1000
Hello All

Victoria's question reminded my of something I saw earlier this year.
While in Tasmania, I saw a scrubwren (Tasmanian or White-browed,
depending on whether you go with the splitters or the lumpers) nip off
and eat the caps of several small 'mushrooms'.
Did I see something unusual, or do others see this all the time? I had
thought to pass on this observation to the HANZAB editors but I expect
it's too late now.

Richard Johnson
Roma District
Tel: (07) 4622 4266  Fax: (07) 46 22 4151

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To: Victoria Quinton <>
Subject: fungi
From: Peter Pfeiffer <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 11:17:40 +0900
At 10:38 AM 6/13/00 +1000, you wrote:
>I was walking around the bush at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula, over the
>weekend, and was struck by the wide variety of fungi,presumably toadstools,
>but in a variety of colours from purple to red; orange, brown and white.
>Is any variety of fungi used by birds or could it affect their food, - say
>for birds like scrubwrens that forage?
>Hi Victoria,
        I was down in Deep Creek ( near Delamere in S.A. )yesterday and was also
struck by the variety of fungi about. We saw Amanita about 25cm across as
well as Orange,yellow and purple coral fungi and we wondered whether the
substrate affected the colour of the fungi.
        We saw masses of white jelly fungus and about 20-30 other species of 
        I saw a white-browed scrubwren foraging through the leaf litter. Maybe
these guys eat some fungus.


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