Re: Chestnut-breasted Vultures

To: Kirrama Wildlife Tours <>
Subject: Re: Chestnut-breasted Vultures
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 1998 19:22:15 +1000
G'day All,
In response to Klaus's observations on Mannikins feeding on roadside carrion, I
once came across a flock of Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes feeding on a dead sheep in SW
Queensland, presumably searching for maggots?
Tom Tarrant, Dayboro, Qld

Kirrama Wildlife Tours wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> the most commonly road-killed animals in our region are the Northern Brown
> Bandicoots and Cane Toads. Nothing unusual about that, but I am puzzled by
> the presence of Chestnut-breasted Mannikins picking on the carrion. First I
> thought that the bandicoots might have had something delicious in their
> stomachs, but since they also pick on the cane toads that can't be.
> Sometimes there are just a pair, but I counted up to six actually picking
> on the dead creatures, not just looking. The questions remains: What are
> they interested in?
> Does anyone know?
> Happy Birding, Klaus
> Kirrama Wildlife Tours   Klaus & Brenda Uhlenhut
> PO Box 133   SILKWOOD  QLD   Australia

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