Little Ravens 'Corvus mellori' hunt, kill and eat individuals of two species of shorebird

Cardilini, Adam P., Ekanayake, Kasun B. and Weston, Michael A. 2012, Little Ravens 'Corvus mellori' hunt, kill and eat individuals of two species of shorebird, Victorian naturalist, vol. 129, no. 1, pp. 22-24.

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Title Little Ravens 'Corvus mellori' hunt, kill and eat individuals of two species of shorebird
Formatted title Little Ravens corvus mellori hunt, kill and eat individuals of two species of shorebird
Author(s) Cardilini, Adam P.
Ekanayake, Kasun B.
Weston, Michael A.
Journal name Victorian naturalist
Volume number 129
Issue number 1
Start page 22
End page 24
Total pages 3
Publisher Field Naturalists Club of Victoria Inc.
Place of publication Blackburn, Vic.
Publication date 2012-02
ISSN 0042-5184
Keyword(s) little raven
corvus mellori
bird depredation
Summary The Little Raven Corvus mellori is an omnivore that occasionally eats small birds. Most birds taken are thought to be eaten as carrion, though several records exist of ravens hunting and killing Budgerigars Melopsittacus undulates and a Spotted Turtle-Dove Streptopelia chinensis (Higgins et al. 2006). Both cases of bird depredation record Little Ravens attacking from above and stabbing prey to death with their beaks. Here, we report a pair of Little Ravens hunting, killing and eating a lone Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminita at Cheetham Wetlands, near Melbourne, Victoria (37° 53' 56"S, 144° 47' 33"E; 420 ha; see Antos et al. 2007 for a description). We also report an event which strongly implies they hunted and ate an adult Red-capped Plover Charadrius ruficapillus, and observations of hunting and eating eggs and chicks.
Language eng
Field of Research 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
Socio Economic Objective 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30044084

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
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