He'll kill for Blue

To: "Syd Curtis" <>
Subject: He'll kill for Blue
From: "Hugo Phillipps" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 13:22:10 +1000
Syd -

According to Cliff and Dawn Frith (The Bowerbirds, OUP, 2004) Satin 
Bowerbirds 'have been known to kill small blue fellow captive birds to use 
as bower decorations' citing Murray in Chaffer 1945 (Emu 44: 141-161).  They 
also mention a dead blue-plumaged Superb Fairy-wren found at a bower near 
Healesville, Victoria, citing Veselovsky 1979 (Acta scientiarum naturalium 
Academiae scientiarum bohemoslovacae 13: 1-29), and a bower with two Crimson 
Rosella wings, in Marshall 1934 (Emu 34: 57-61).  These do not, of course, 
prove that Satin Bowerbirds, in the wild, kill other birds for bower 
decorating, but they suggest the possibility and are presumably the sourceof 
the quote.


Hugo Phillipps
Queenscliff, Vic

>The accuracy or otherwise of the bowerbird reference is not of
> prime concern so far as the book is concerned, but somehow the author got
> that impression of the species.  From where, I wonder? 

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