birding-aus commensals?

To: Peter Woodall <>
Subject: birding-aus commensals?
From: (Richard Johnson)
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 1999 09:28:14 +1000
Hi Peter

When I saw the Knight's email re seed-eating CP's, I immediately thought
of your paper on CP's under figs in Brisbane and was going to mention it
when your response appeared!

 In Townsville it was a common thing to see flocks of figbirds in the
canopy and flocks of Peaceful Doves on the ground below when street figs
were in fruit. The figbird dropping were almost pure seed and could form
a near-continuous carpet of food for the doves. You might also recall
Mervyn Cobcroft's article in Sunbird, some time back, on SC cockatoos
taking grain (corn, I think) from cow droppings.


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