white plumed honeyeater bashing insect

To: "birding aus" <>
Subject: white plumed honeyeater bashing insect
From: "gary wright" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 20:10:29 +1030
My wife informed me tonight of a bird experience she had today where a white 
plumed honeyeater "bashed" a long skinny insect of some kind for a prolonged 
period before eating it.  The white plumed did htis in the manner of a 
kingfisher or a beeeater.  I have read that kingfishers do this to break the 
bones of the animal to aid getting it down adn that beeeaters do it to remove 
the sting.  Perhaps these accounts are false given this honeyeaters behaviour 
and it is just about eating dead prey?

I have never seen a honeyeater engage in this behaviour before.
by the way the white plumes here in Alice Springs are especially agressive as 
they scare away lone white rumped miners(the white rumped miners only ever turn 
up singly)


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