Boobook Owl - Brisbane

To: "Andrew Thelander" <>, "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Boobook Owl - Brisbane
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 12:24:26 +1000
Does Brisbane have more Butcherbirds than it used to too. This could also increase the predation rate if that has indeed happened.

D. Jones only found that the feeding of Magpies did no harm to the Magpies but my question is what does that do for other species?


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-----Original Message----- From: Andrew Thelander
Sent: Thursday, July 3, 2014 6:23 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Boobook Owl - Brisbane

Hi folks

Today at Salisbury railway station in Brisbane, I heard Pied butcherbirds mobbing something. It turned out to be a Boobook. They had injured one eye and broken one wing. I rescued the bird and, at the RSPCA's suggestion, took it to a particular vet for attention. The vet did not seem optimistic about the state of the broken wing and I fear the bird will be euthanased. It would certainly have been killed by the 5 butcherbirds that were attacking it very savagely.

Nature - red in tooth and claw! But I wonder if these type of attacks are now more common as the owls have less suitable roosting sites available to them and end up roosting in open country and gums where they are easily discovered by butcherbirds, currawongs etc?


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