Re: birding-aus Carnivore Koel

To: Atriplex <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Carnivore Koel
From: Kim Sterelny <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 12:07:44 +1300
> wrote:
>> Here's a bold - and testable - hypothesis: any animal will eat
>> meat if its given  access to it in an appropriate form and
>> circumstances.
>I suspect Michael is right. Another bizzare case is the NZ parrot (whose
>name I can't spell) that cannibalises sheep by pecking their backs.
>Also, the converse: think of the range of birds and other animals, normally
>considered insectivorous or carnivorous, which will enjoy bread and fruit
>on occasions.
>Anne (definitely omnivorous)

They are kea. And it is hardly cannibalising  - kea are not sheep! You (and
I ) are MUCH) more closely related to sheep that kea are.

Sorry for the pedantry but could not resist.
Kim Sterelny
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600, Wellington
New Zealand

phone: 64/(0)4/4721-000 x8642
Fax: 64/(0)4/495-5130


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