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I just got a call here at work.

Person: "I am doing a research proposal and need to know how big is a Grey Kite, how much do they eat and what do they eat".

Me: (searching through my North American Raptor books and not finding anything). "Hmmm, I am not finding anything, and that does not sound familiar. Where are these birds from?"

Person: "Japan"

Me: "Well, no wonder it did not sound familiar! Let me check my Raptors of the World book"

Did finally find out it will eat about 10 % of it's body weight each day, and will eat almost anything, second only to Vultures in eating anything. They have a three foot wing span, and weigh about 2 pounds. Apparently in Japan they are getting pesky and will grab food right out of people's hands! Imagine a bird that big coming and grabbing your hamburger right of your hand!!!
 

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hmmm sounds like an Australian Kookaburra!! :) Worse thing with the Kookaburra.. once he steals your food and eats it he sits there and laughs at you. No kidding!!
 

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Apparently in Japan they are getting pesky and will grab food right out of people's hands! Imagine a bird that big coming and grabbing your hamburger right of your hand!!!
We have Ibis here that do that. I HATE them. :mad: If you're eating around them, they'll grab your food out of your hand & then come back for seconds.

These things:

 

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Sounds like this idiot is keeping the bird as a pet illegally!!
 

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Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry merry king of the bush is he
Laugh Kookaburra Laugh
Kookaburra gay your life must be.

That is the song we learn in primary school here :)

Sorry to hijack the original thread!!
 

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Random, but I learned that song too, Sarah...lol. I immediately thought of it when you said kookaburra.
 

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hmmm sounds like an Australian Kookaburra!! :) Worse thing with the Kookaburra.. once he steals your food and eats it he sits there and laughs at you. No kidding!!
I LOVE Kookaburras. Had a couple in my tree this arvo laughing at my guard dogs. :D
 

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When we lived in a more rural area they used to sit on our fence near our dining table window and watch us eat. Cheeky cheeky buggers!!

When did you learn that song Allie??
 

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When we lived in a more rural area they used to sit on our fence near our dining table window and watch us eat. Cheeky cheeky buggers!!

When did you learn that song Allie??
Seems to me they used to have it on Captain Kangaroo when I was a kid.
 

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ooooh ok!!!

Here is a photo I took in the Hawaiian Zoo of a kookaburra. I have a fantastic photo of one in Australia Zoo that I will have to post here when I get home. It's a beautiful photo... such a beautiful (but cheeky!) bird.

 

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Random, but I learned that song too, Sarah...lol. I immediately thought of it when you said kookaburra.
I knew it too. I have no idea how though.
 
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