Re: Resend [Birding-Aus] Question about inter-marrying between raptors

To: "Kurtis Lindsay" <>, "Belinda Cassidy" <>
Subject: Re: Resend [Birding-Aus] Question about inter-marrying between raptors
From: "Bruce Cox" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 16:45:20 +1000

From: "Kurtis Lindsay" <>
To: "Belinda Cassidy" <>
Cc: "Birding Aus" <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 3:51 PM
Subject: Re: Resend [Birding-Aus] Question about inter-marrying between raptors

Hi Kurtis and Belinda,

While I agree with what Kurtis said about a female goshawk preying on a male sparrowhawk strange things happen on occasion. Jack and Lindsay Cupper in their book "Hawks in Focus" devote a chapter to Black-breasted Buzzards raising Nankeen Kestrel chicks. Normally black-breasted Buzzards feed Nankeen Kestrel chicks and adults to their own young and the Cuppers suggest that the kestrel chicks were originally brought to the nest for food, they further suggested that instead of eating the kestrels the buzzards succumbed to the kestrels begging behaviour and proceded to raise them as their own offspring. At one stage there were seven kestrels in the nest, I am not clear if any were fully fledged. This is all suupported with photographs of the kestrel chicks in the nest with a buzzard attending or feeding them.

The Cupper's book has been overshadowed by David Hollands' Book "Eagles, Hawks and Falcons of Australia", I feel this is a great pity as I have found the Cupper's book diffirent and in some ways more informative.

Bruce Cox.


I would beleive there is more chance of a female Brown Goshawk preying on Mr Sparrowhawk, then getting married to him.

Kurtis Lindsay


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