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Re: Avian Cannibals
On Sat, May 14th, 2011 at 4:30 AM, David Krentz <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Are there good examples of birds cannibalizing, and if so why?
Gulls are certainly willing to scavenge from the corpses of their own species -
although they don't
do the killing themselves.
Although many colony-nesting birds will defend the territory around their own
nests, even pecking
the chicks of other birds to death if they stray from their own nest. I imagine
a nesting gull would
probably then eat the chick it killed - or more likely pull it to pieces to
feed its own chicks.
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