Re: birding-aus commensals?

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Subject: Re: birding-aus commensals?
From: David McDonald <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 22:11:18 +1000
I also observed, some time ago, in Canberra, Red-rumped Parrots feeding on
the ground underneath oak trees while Sulphur-crested Cockatoos opened up
the acorns above them, dropping the seeds to the ground.

Richard Johnson wrote:

> 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.
> Richard

David McDonald
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