Caterpillar eaters

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Subject: Caterpillar eaters
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 21:19:54 +1000
No, not Cicadabirds: Miners and Cuckoo-shrikes.

The Poinciana Tree outside my study window has bright green bi-pinnate
leaves ... and a goodly supply of small caterpillars of exactly the same
shade of green.  Far from obvious1

I have been interested to note the markedly different hunting techniques of
Noisy Miners and Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes.  The Miners carefully scan
individual leaves.  The Cuckoo-shrikes must have excellent eye-sight for the
bird scans the foliage generally up to several metres away until it spots a
caterpillar, and then flies to pick it off.



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