Grey Butherbirds Eating Pet Budgie

To: Matthew Roach <>
Subject: Grey Butherbirds Eating Pet Budgie
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2013 07:32:45 +1000
As a child growing up, we quite regularly lost budgies to Butcherbirds (mostly 
Pieds where we lived then).  Sometimes, there would be virtually no remains of 
the budgie left in the cage.

John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.

On 02/06/2013, at 7:31 PM, Matthew Roach wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> An acquaintance of ours had two pet budgies in a normal wire cage in their 
> garden, in south-eastern Melbourne, and saw the two birds happily in the cage 
> one afternoon, before returning inside for the night. In the morning, they 
> found one Budgie still alive in the cage, with the other budgies remains on 
> the floor of the cage; it had been killed and mostly eaten. We assumed that 
> it wasn’t the other Budgie who did this, and seeing as the cage probably 
> could not have been accessed by a cat or fox, we thought that a butcherbird 
> may have been the culprit. They are found in their garden, but it must have 
> stuck its beak through the gaps in the cage in order to get it, yet this must 
> have been a bit of an effort.  Has this behaviour been observed before?
> Regards,
> Matthew Roach.
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