Magpie/butcherbird interaction.

To: "Syd Curtis" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Magpie/butcherbird interaction.
From: "Wendy" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 11:23:20 +1000
Maybe an appropriate location for this exchange!
While wild animals on the whole tend not to fight to the death, I wonder if
the BUTCHERbird was inspecting the underdog of the magpie fight to see if it
was hurt and could be finished off . Thus collecting a very substantial
meal, probably for a nearby brood? A problem with this hypothesis is that
I'm not sure how strong a flier a Butcherbird is and if it could actually
transport a war-trophy of this size?
Or do you think I am being too bloodthirsty?

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