Predation on Birds of Paradise

To: 'Phil Gregory' <>
Subject: Predation on Birds of Paradise
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 01:16:45 +0000
Huge predation by humans. Especially in PNG.

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Phil Gregory
Sent: Monday, 2 January, 2017 8:21 AM
Subject: Predation on Birds of Paradise

Working through some introduction material for this family for a forthcoming 
book about Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds,  it appears that predation on 
members of this family is remarkably little-known.
Over 25 years living and visiting New Guinea and 20 odd years living amongst 
Victoria’s Riflebirds, I have never seen any predation or found evidence of 
any. You would think that brightly coloured displaying males might be 
vulnerable to raptors, and presumably goannas and snakes must be a threat, but 
does anyone have any observations of such predation?
Please let me know if you so, thanks and happy new year, with good birding of 
Phil Gregory

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