Yellow-bellied Sunbird nestlings.

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Subject: Yellow-bellied Sunbird nestlings.
From: "Jon Wren" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 10:43:56 +1000
Gooday all,
Last week a mate of mine contacted me about two dead Yb Sunbirds that he located in a nest adjacent to his house. The reason he was drawn to the nest was the adult birds behaviour. He had been observing the female and the male to a lesser extent coming in regularly to feed the young but the adults seemed agitated and reluctent to enter the nest. On inspection he found the chicks to be dead and two large creamish maggots on the birds body they had made an opening from the birds body. He described it as if the grubs had been inside the chicks and had eaten the way through to the outer body. Not being an entomologist I could only hazard a guess and thought it may be the result of the birds being attacked by a parasitic wasp.
Any help anyone may have on this subject would be gratefully received.
Jon Wren

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