Spoonbills collaboratively feeding

Subject: Spoonbills collaboratively feeding
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 16:51:29 +1000
>>My father rang to say that he had was visiting the Sydney University Vet
>>School in Camden and saw a royal spoonbill and a yellow-billed spoonbill
>>collaboratively feeding in a local dam. He rang to ask if I could post this
>>message to ask if this is common behaviour? 
>It's not uncommon to see them together in parts of Victoria - but always a
I think that the key point is whether they were just feeding in
"association" with one
another or whether they were feeding collaboratively.  The latter has a
connotation, i.e. actively helping each other to obtain food,  and would be most
interesting.  I don't mean to be pedantic but this distinction is important. 


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