bird diets (and left-footedness)

Subject: bird diets (and left-footedness)
From: Atriplex <>
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 06:40:18 -0800
A Magpie Lark, hand reared on "conventional" insectivore diet and now
free-ranging and selecting its own food, will eagerly devour a wide
range of fruit, seed and meat products. It is truly omnivorous. The
latest observations have been helping itself to fresh grapes from our
fruit dish and cleaning flesh from the inside of a banana peel. It uses
its left foot to hold food which needs breaking down to smaller pieces.
(PS I once watched an adult M.L.feed a fresh fish to its nestling.
Presumably it was caught in very shallow water!)
Anne & Roger A. Green, Atriplex Services, Morgan, Sth.Australia
Environmental Consultants & Native Plant Nursery.

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