Australian Mammalogy Australian Mammalogy Society
Journal of the Australian Mammal Society
RESEARCH ARTICLE

The long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) as a nest-predator

M. Guppy A C and S. Guppy B
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A Division of Evolution, Ecology and Genetics, Research School of Biology, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia.

B 1708 Maulbrooks Road, Moruya, NSW 2537, Australia.

C Corresponding author. Email: guppymands@bigpond.com

Australian Mammalogy - https://doi.org/10.1071/AM16048
Submitted: 14 September 2016  Accepted: 29 January 2017   Published online: 28 February 2017

Abstract

We have been documenting nest predation on a woodland site in south-east Australia using camera traps. Here we describe the recording of a long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) digging out the tunnel nest of a spotted pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus), and eating the three young birds. The diet of this species is mainly insects and other invertebrates, so this observation is significant as it is the first documentation of this animal as a nest predator.


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