birding-aus Bird Aggression

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Subject: birding-aus Bird Aggression
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 99 06:10:59 +0930
The occasional Bar-shouldered Dove to visit the feeding site on our 
verandah is aggressive to virtually anything else that gets in the way 
including Yellow Oriole.  

They will raise a wing to scare other doves off, but adopt another tactic 
with smaller birds.  They will actually pick  Double-barred Finches up by 
the back feathers and chuck them bodily off the feeding platform.  
However Chestnut-breasted Mannikins have a way around this.  They land en 
masse on the feeding platform, and often on top of the dove which usually 

Occasionally a Helmeted Friarbird will commandeer the platform and then 
no one else gets a look in.  But in the last few days another, bigger 
bird has turned up.  It will be interesting to see what strategies other 
birds adopt when confronted wit
 an Orange-footed Scrubfowl.

Lastly we used to have a one-winged Brown Falcon and the only creature 
that ever stole his food was our dog.  But then the falcon used to steal 
hers as well.
Denise Goodfellow
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