birding-aus hunting black noddies

Subject: birding-aus hunting black noddies
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 08:43:12 +1100
Does anyone know anything about the hunting of Black Noddies on Nauru?
Apparently, grilled Black Noddy is a bit of a Nauru delicacy. The report
that I've heard says that the hunters use call play back to lure the birds
in, snag them in long-handled 'butterfly' nets, shake them to make the birds
regurgitate their meals, then wring or bite their necks. Apparently hunting
is banned during the breeding season so this suggests that this a properly
controlled and regulated sustainable practice. Does anyone know if this is
true? And I was wondering about the shaking of the birds - sounds like it
might be quite an 'inhumane' thing to do, but then again it might be nothing
more than a gentle jiggle.

Sean Pywell.
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