E Rosellas eating ash

To: "Sandra Henderson" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: E Rosellas eating ash
From: "michael hunter" <>
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 10:18:38 +1000
    I've seen (and reported on B-oz) a Painted Finch repeatedly returning to
an old campfire at Mica Creek near Mt. Isa, selecting small pieces of
charcoal then flying off with them. Charcoal is used medically for
gastric/intestinal problems (including bad breath), as an absorbent,
(available over-the counter as "medicated charcoal" if you have a problem).
     I wondered if the finch was using it in it's nest as a


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