hobbies v rosella

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Subject: hobbies v rosella
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 14:04:06 +1100
Interesting and I think notable. Well this must happen if you and others record it. So although that happens, I'd suggest it isn't the normal or usual hunting behaviour. A Crimson Rosella must be well into the infrequent upper limits of their prey size range and they usually hunt alone with quick dashes after flying small birds, small bats and big insects. I have spent a lot of time watching this species around nest sites and regular roosts. I haven't noticed them hunting in pairs, although courting pairs indulge in chasing and juveniles regularly follow parents on hunting forays. At this time of year here, the young are recently fledged and the parents are busy catering for peak needs and training them in hunting. The Hobby is also known to take advantage of flushers like butcherbirds, goshawks, etc. The Peregrine Falcon is known to regularly hunt in pairs.
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