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Nankeen Kestrel preys upon Western Bearded Dragon

Fulton, G.R. (2015) Nankeen Kestrel preys upon Western Bearded Dragon. Australian Field Ornithology, 32 (4). pp. 187-189.


A Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides was observed eating an apparently freshly killed Western Bearded Dragon Pogona minor at a beach in south-Western Australia. The Kestrel twice flew low over the landscape for 25 m, carrying the slain dragon. The mass of the dragon (43 g) was calculated as 26% of the Kestrel's mass (164 g). Kestrels taking, and carrying, lizard prey of this size may be uncommon.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Bird Observers Club of Australia (BOCA)
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