Currawongs and Paper Wasps

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Subject: Currawongs and Paper Wasps
From: David Nicholls <>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:17:40 +0000
Last week a wasp landed on out balcony ledge . Larger than a normal paper wasp, but not a European wasp. It sat there for about 10 second before being grabbed and devoured by one of our local Red Wattle Birds.


On 17 Apr 2017, at 9:48 PM, Terry Munro <> wrote:

My brother in law who lives in Narrabundah feeds Magpies who I've noticed chase down any European wasp that appears anywhere in his yard. The magpies are very good at catching them so it seems wasps must be quite tasty
Terry Munro

On Mon, 17 Apr 2017 at 8:44 AM, Robin Hide <> wrote:

Our house eaves have a healthy number of Paper Wasp (Polistes*) nests. In the last two days, I’ve noticed currawongs flying up to the nests and grabbing wasps, then flying down to the deck and eating them. This is the first time I’ve seen this behaviour.


Robin Hide




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