Grey Butherbirds Eating Pet Budgie

Subject: Grey Butherbirds Eating Pet Budgie
From: Joshua Bergmark <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2013 14:50:50 +1000
On a similar predator/pet note, I was speaking to a neighbour 2 months ago,
and she said that one evening whilst walking her dog at an off-leash park
in Balgowlah (Sydney) a few days before, a Powerful Owl had made an attempt
on it (she actually said something like "a very large owl with white and
brown" which would have to be by assumption a PO), and apparently it had
the Lucy the terrier pinned on the ground before the owner ran at it
screaming causing it to fly off, leaving Lucy unharmed. I have also had a
family friend tell me a similar story regarding their small dog being
attacked by a Powerful Owl in their backyard, which is coincidentally only
100m from where my assigned Sydney Powerful Owl Project birds nest. I had
always thought POs attacking pets was a myth, but maybe not...

Just another good reason to keep your cats inside at night

Joshua Bergmark

On 3 June 2013 10:37, brian fleming <> wrote:

>     When I was a child we kept canaries in a large wire-fronted cage on a
> sunny back wall.  We were always warned that a Grey Butcherbird might
> attack them - the method being to fly at or perch on the cage- the
> frightened inmates would attempt to escape by fluttering at the wire and
> would then be stabbed by the Butcherbird's beak. Sometimes the Butcherbird
> would succeed in pulling the victim out through the  wires, sometimes it
> couldn't manage this.  It was a good argument for fine-mesh cage wires.  We
> never had any casualties.
>    One bird-keeping neighbour shot Butcherbirds with an air-gun, and
> encouraged his son to shoot at them with a shanghai.  I would expect
> similar predatory behaviour from Currawongs, but in the 1940s and '50s they
> were never seen in Melbourne suburbs. Butcherbirds were also accused of
> carrying off newly hatched chickens and ducklings.
> Anthea Fleming
> On 3/06/2013 7:13 AM, Scott Ryan wrote:
>> Hi Matthew & All,
>> I've also heard of Butcherbirds killing small aviary birds in the way you
>> suggest. I've also known mice to eat remains of birds if the budgie had
>> died, possibly from some another cause & they are able to get into some
>> amazingly tight places. Just another line of thought
>> Regards,
>> Scott
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On 02/06/2013, at 7:31 PM, Matthew Roach <
>> net <>> 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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