Kookaburra behaviour

To: "'Susan Pepper'" <>, <>
Subject: Kookaburra behaviour
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:43:54 +1100
Sure is an odd picture. I suggest it is just one of those odd moments that a
camera is able to record, that would otherwise be lost. As I see it, it is
not "one of the birds was completely suspended by the beak". The grip is on
the feathers of the face. I don't see anything requiring any explanation,
other than just a moment of drama in a fight. Could be wrong of


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Susan Pepper
Sent: Wednesday, 31 October, 2018 2:06 PM
Subject: Kookaburra behaviour

I have just been watching some kookaburras and witnessed behaviour I have
not seen before. I am curious to know if any one can explain it. Two of them
appeared to be fighting with their beaks, and twice one of the birds was
completely suspended by the beak with the other kookaburra holding it.  Is
this normal for the species?

Susan, Mooroolbark.

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