Chestnut-breated Vultures summery

Subject: Chestnut-breated Vultures summery
From: Kirrama Wildlife Tours <>
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 09:55:23 +1000
Hi everyone,
I thought it might be an good idea to give you a summery of the messages I
received in regards to the Chestnut-breasted Finches picking on road-killed
animals. (Actually, shouldn't it be ?vehicle-killed'?)
1.      We had 2 observers watching a party of Mallee Ringnecks eating flesh of
2.      A Nutmeg Mannikin was seen eating of a fresh cane toad.
3.      Ground Cuckoo-shrikes picking of a dead sheep.
4.      Chestnut-breasted Mannikins picking on all kinds of roadkills.
5.      Party of White-crowned Sparrows (overseas) feeding of a frozen cow 
6.      Several messages suggesting that the birds probably feed on maggots.
7.      Several messages suggesting that the birds probably pick for nutrients /
calcium / protein.
8.      One message reports about 30 House Sparrows feeding on spaghetti
bolognese  (recently introduced birds from Italy?)

Conclusion: Everyone, including birds, seems to like or need a varied diet.
Who knows, what else the birds feed on, when they are in the wild and not
so easy to observe.
Thanks for all your input.
Enjoy your next meal, Klaus
Kirrama Wildlife Tours   Klaus & Brenda Uhlenhut
PO Box 133   SILKWOOD  QLD   Australia

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