birding-aus Second time I've recently seen this ?

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Subject: birding-aus Second time I've recently seen this ?
From: John Gamblin <>
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 00:04:52 -0700 (PDT)
Could someone enlighten me please ?
This is the second time I've seen this and it has me puzzled ???
Imagine if you can many of my friends outside merrily feeding,drinking
and washing ! Ring necked Doves, sparrows, starlings. myna's, noisey
miners, magpies, magpie larks, etc etc etc at the hanging feeder this
month I treated them to the Star of David shaped 2000 ml parrot feed.
Last week and again today Eastern Rosella's and Rainbow Lorikeet
feeding at the same time.
   Along come the normal dozen or so tree sparrow? to pick at the small
bird seed I put out for all? suddenly and without any provocation or
warning one of the Rainbow Lorikeet has a sparrow leg in his beak and
is shaking furiously? screams and squeels from the sparrow about 30
seconds later the Lorkeet releases? sparrow flies off about five metres
away minutes later he is back to continue his wary eating and drinking?
Not one single other bird changes what it is doing?
At all?
The sparrow did not stray on to the star shaped feeder?
in fact the reverse? I think the Lorikeet attacked the sparrow? an out
and out attack? saw the same a while ago only with the Eastern Rosella
being the aggressor?

Was it a case of the sparrow not paying his union dues? or the Lorikeet
and rosella thinking they were getting a bit close ???? about a 2 feet
distance between the feeding places of both. Any help appreciated.
Thank you,
John A. Gamblin

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