Lorikeet foods - includes meat

To: "'michael norris'" <>, <>
Subject: Lorikeet foods - includes meat
From: "Tony Russel" <>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 08:24:25 +0930
Thank you Michael.


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From: michael norris  
Sent: Tuesday, 24 May 2011 10:22 PM
To: Tony Russel; 
Subject: Lorikeet foods - includes meat

It should have been published as a database that could be updated - but its 
on paper and not updated:

Barker, R.D. and  Vestjens, W.J.M. The food of Australian birds  (2 vols) 
CSIRO 1990.   I guess the info has gone into HANZAB (which should be an 
updatable on-line resource).

>From memory you can look up a bird in the books and see what it was known to

eat, or look at a plant and see what birds feed on it (or perhaps I just did

that for myself).

In Melbourne Rainbow Lorikeets are now in plague proportions in Melbourne 
largely due to the 1970s fad for planting Australian native - rather than 
indigenous - trees.   Feeding them with sugar solution etc. doesn't help to 
keep down their numbers!

I have several times seen them feeding on minced meat, stuck in lumps on 
branches in a park by some kind person for the butcherbirds.

Michael Norris

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