Interesting interaction

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Subject: Interesting interaction
From: "Colin Driscoll" <>
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 17:43:59 +1000
I was watching a Grey Butcherbird outside my window about to have a feed of
a small garden skink. The Bb persisted in trying to get the skink hooked in
a small fork of twigs as is their habit so that he could pick it to
bite-sized pieces. He got the tail off and swallowed that and was about to
continue when a magpie walked under the tree, looked up, flew 5m vertically
and delicately took the remains almost from the Bb beak.

I thought that it was interesting in that the Magpie clearly knew what was
going on and must have done this a few times before.


Colin Driscoll

Colin Driscoll
Environmental Biologist
P.O. Box 1047
Toronto NSW 2283

phone/fax +61 2 49598016
Mobile 0438 773029

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