Superb fairy wren as predator - Aranda

To: "'Janet Russell'" <>, "'Canberrabirds'" <>
Subject: Superb fairy wren as predator - Aranda
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 09:58:06 +1000

A month ago an Eastern Brown snake (just over a metre long)  got caught up in the netting covering one of my vegetable gardens (at Uriarra). While I was waiting for the Ranger to come out and "euthanise" it, three of the fairy wrens who live in that vegie patch were hopping about on top of the writhing snake apparently unconcerned that the head and 20cms or so of the body were not caught up in the netting. They were unharmed.

Judy Mdidlebrook


From: Janet Russell [
Sent: Monday, 20 May 2013 12:50 PM
To: Canberrabirds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Superb fairy wren as predator - Aranda


About 8 wrens came onto our GBS site. There was a female/young wren that attacked one of the small skinks that inhabit our garden. The skink escaped a couple of times only to to be caught again. I saw the wren pecking into it and in the end it took it out of sight. None of the wrens around took any notice of this and I have never seen it happen before. I can't find any reference to this behaviour anywhere else. Has anyone else seen this?



Janet Russell


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