Do Powerful Owls eat carrion?

To: Michael Norris <>
Subject: Do Powerful Owls eat carrion?
From: Chris Charles <>
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:56:02 +0000
Debus: 'The Owls of Australia' says "prey rarely taken from the ground” & no 
mention of carrion.

>From my observations individual birds adapt to their environment, such as the 
>Sydney Botanical Gardens owls that regularly take flying foxes, whereas birds 
>that have access to a plentiful supply of possums don’t often bother with 
>flying foxes, or birds.
The only time I have seen a Powerful Owl take anything except live prey is when 
they have dropped held prey onto a lower branch while being harassed by 
 So even if your particular owl does take poisoned carrion it is not a species 
trait & unlikely to affect more than this bird IMHO.

Possible rat-bait deaths of possums is an issue that might be resolved by 
taking a body to the Museum or Zoo for analysis. Not sure of best Melbourne 

Regards, Chris

Chris Charles

Licole Monopods <>
> On 21 Mar 2016, at 10:41 AM, Michael Norris <> wrote:
> The other day I saw a Powerful Owl near my home in suburban Melbourne, 16km 
> from the CBD.  It was in a garden where a number of possums have been found 
> dead so I’d like to know if these owls eat carrion.   My concern is that 
> current rat baits can accumulate in the bodies of vertebrates that scavenge 
> on corpses.
> Michael Norris
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