Unexpected food item for Kookaburra.

To: "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Unexpected food item for Kookaburra.
From: "Del Richards" <>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 21:47:00 +1000
On 30th April while guiding near Julatten we flushed a Blue-winged Kookaburra from a roadside table drain that then flew to a eucalypt about 70 metres distant. As it was an adult in nice plumage we took the opportunity to view it as because of their shyness they often move on.
    It had a food item in it's bill which first appeared as though it had gathered some dead leaves with it's prey.
    Our attention was then diverted by some honeyeaters for a time.
    As the kookaburra started to belt it's prey on the limb in usual fashion we realised that it was trying to "soften up"a small tortise about 80mm across the shell! Due to the shape and size of it's bill the bird had no difficulty in holding the tortise during the process.
    We felt that the prey would have been too wide for the kookaburra to manage to swallow whole and as we had to move on we don't know what the eventual outcome was.
     As we parted the vicinity a couple of the birds went on with their raucous calls and our party of humans didn't know if it meant ridicule or congratulations to the hunter.
Del. Richards, Fine Feather Tours, Mossman, NQ.
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Unexpected food item for Kookaburra., Del Richards <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU