Observations of the killing of large macropods by Wedge-tailed Eagles Aquila audax

E Fuentes, Gerald Olsen

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    Abstract

    During a long-term study on the breeding ecology of a raptor guild in the Australian Southern Tablelands of the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, on two occasions we observed a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles Aquila audax killing male Eastern Grey Kangaroos Macropus giganteus. We also observed two attacks on an adult female kangaroo: one inconclusive, and one that resulted in the Eagle killing a young kangaroo expelled from the female's pouch. These observations shed some light on the way that Eagles use this food resource.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)160-166
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralian Field Ornithology
    Volume32
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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