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Recording of 150 Gang-gang food items surpassed

Thanks very much to the 195 of you that have added Gang-gang records to the Hungry Parrots project. You have contributed about a third of all the Gang-gang feeding records collected to date. Earlier this week we passed 150 distinct food items of which 66% are native species, 28% are exotic species and 5% are invertebrates. What is intriguing is that many of the food items are only eaten in one part of the Gang-gangs range. For example of the 1400 records that we have, Hughes (a suburb of Canberra) is the only place where Gang-gangs have been recorded as eating cicadas while Penrose in the Southern Highlands is the only place where Gang-gangs have been recorded eating the fleshy fruit of the domestic apple. Whether this apparent diet specificacy is due to not having a large enough sampling, or just reflects what is available within a particular area, or relates to local population preferences is uncertain, but your continued records will help throw light on the situation as ...more ↓

Posted on October 06, 2021 02:42 by michaelmulvaney michaelmulvaney | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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The Hungry Parrots Project (#HungryParrots) is a project investigating the diet and foraging behaviour of wild parrots in Australia, with plans to expand to the rest of the world.

The natural diet of many native parrots is not fully understood, and records are scarce. Parrots are extremely adaptable and many species have been observed feeding on novel, non-native foods, ...more ↓

hungry_parrots created this project on July 01, 2020
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