Grey Butherbirds Eating Pet Budgie

To: "'Russ'" <>
Subject: Grey Butherbirds Eating Pet Budgie
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2013 15:49:27 +1000
Sure butcherbirds and currawongs, given a chance, will kill birds in
aviaries and drag the bodies through the wires if possible but I suspect,
with losing a foot or toes the culprit is much more likely to be other
parrots sharing the aviary (if indeed there were).


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Russ
Sent: Thursday, 6 June 2013 10:46 PM
To: Gordon Cain
Cc: Birding Aus
Subject: Grey Butherbirds Eating Pet Budgie

Our family kept cockatiels for a while, in a medium sized outdoor aviary.
One bird lost a foot one night. We never worked out what did it. The same
bird lost its OTHER foot about a year later, and the sight of the poor bird
climbing around the inside of the aviary was just too pitiful and I had it
euthanised (by a vet). We had a couple of currawongs around at the time -
and I also saw a fox outside the aviary, but I favour the currawong as the

That marked the end of our cockatiel phase. We only went down that path
because one turned up at our place and adopted us. I failed to find an owner
in the region, but discovered that cockatiels are the Houdinis of the avian
world. Try Googling "lost cockatiel" some time ...

That's enough from me - my fellow moderators will be telling me this isn't
about Australian wild birds!

Russell Woodford


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