Story: Birds of prey

Morepork and prey

Morepork and prey

Moreporks catch prey with their talons, and carry it in their bill. This male is bringing a fantail chick to his nest in a tree hollow. He will call the female out from the nest to take it. After eating some, she will tear the rest into small bites for their chicks.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Birds of prey - Morepork: New Zealand’s native owl', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015