Spangled Drongo takes Silvereye

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Subject: Spangled Drongo takes Silvereye
From: Rod Gardner <>
Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2006 10:51:18 +1000

This morning I saw a Spangled Drongo kill a Silvereye. This
seems to be unusual behaviour, though the Cooloola bird site
mentions that they have been known to take small birds. I
guess there'll be more information in the final volume of
This happened in the Lota Creek woodlands, on Brisbane's
bayside. The drongo swooped down into a bush, took the
Silvereye, and landed about 20 metres away about 5 metres up
a tree. The neck of the Silvereye was already snapped when it
landed, and there were no signs of life left in it. It then
started to pluck the feathers from the Silvereye very much
like a sparrowhawk or falcon does, pinning it down on the
branch with its foot. After a few minutes it flew away, as
far as I could see with the bird.


Rod Gardner

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