Drunken Sulphur Crested Cuckatoo

To: '"Albrecht, Jörg"' <>, "" <>
Subject: Drunken Sulphur Crested Cuckatoo
From: Mike Tarburton <>
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 10:58:34 +1000
Albrecht and others listers

Both Pandanus palms and Cycad palms produce intoxicating fluids at times and
insects mammals or birds eating them or drinking the fluids can become

In Western Australia we used to find Iridomyrmex ants drunk on the Zamia
(Cycad) Palms.  Silvereyes also used to become innebriated on over ripe
mulberries in the West Aust sunshine and they sometimes would not even make
it to the mist nets set 2 metres away from the tree.

This phenomenon does not damage the birds so much if the humans around are
on their side but they become easy prey if the humans around are of a
predatory nature.

Happy birding


Dr Mike Tarburton
Dean: School of Science & Technology
Pacific Adventist University
PMB Boroko
Papua New Guinea

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