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Water Birds Feeding Chart

An Extract From "Rescue and Rehabilitation of Oiled Birds", by Erna Walraven, Taronga Park Zoo, 1992.


Note: Insectivorous ducks such as pink eared ducks must also be given meat mix and insect larvae, such as fly pupae.

Species

Wild Diet

Captive Diet

Quantity

Frequency

Method

Herons
Egrets
Bitterns
Ibis
Spoonbills

Variety of insects, amphibians, small fish, crustaceans. Some take small reptiles & mammals

* Meat Mix
* White Bait
* Fly Pupae and insects

Handful
Handful
Sprinkle

2 x Daily
2 x Daily
1 x Daily

* Force feed if needed.
* Meat mix in dish.
* Fish in water.
* Insects in dish or scattered

Cranes

Invertebrates,
bulbs, shoots, grains, seeds.

*Poultry breeder pellets.
*Meat Mix
*Greens, lettuce, spinach, celery, sprouts.

10 Handfuls

5 Handfuls

5-6 Handfuls

1 x Daily

2 x Daily

1 x Daily

Scatter

In Dish

Scatter

Stilts

Molluscs, insects, diatoms, brine shrimp.

Stilt Mix 2 Handfuls 2 x Daily In Dish
Curlews Crustaceans, Worms. * Stilt Mix
*Earthworms
3 Handfuls
1 Handful
1 x Daily
1 x Every 3 days
In Dish
Covered with soil in
deep dish.
Lapwings
Plovers
Godwits
Insects, Larvae, molluscs, worms, some vegetable matter, seeds. *Stilt Mix
*Crickets
*Grasshoppers
*Earthworms
2 Handfuls
10
10
1 Handful
*2 x Daily
*When available
*1 x Every Day
*3 Days
*In Dish
*Scatter after cooling in fridge.
*Covered with soil in deep dish.
Rails Insects, molluscs, crustaceans, seed, plant matter. *Stilt Mix 2 Handfuls 2 x Daily In Dish
Moorhens
Swamphens
Coots
Aquatic plants, seeds, insects, molluscs. *Stilt Mix 3 Handfuls 2 x Daily In Dish
Gannets Fish *Meat Mix
*Whiting
Handful
5-6
2 x Daily *Initially force feed then throw food in water or at bird to catch. Leave food in enclosure.
Boobies Fish, Squid, crustaceans. *Small Whiting
*Squid and crustaceans.
6-8

Handful
2 x Daily

1 x Week

As Above
Penguins Small fish, squid. *Small Whiting 5-6 2 x Daily *Force feed initially, then hand feed.
Skua Fish, crustaceans, molluscs, carrion , eggs, birds. *Meat Mix
*Whiting
*Mice or Chicks
*Raw Egg
3 Handfuls
5
2
1
1x Daily
1 x Daily
1 x Daily
1 x Daily
In Dish
Darters Small fish, frogs, snakes, insects. *Small Whiting
*Meat Mix
*Whitebait
8-10
Handful
Handful
2 x Daily

1 x Daily
Force feed if needed.
Meat Mix in dish.
Fish in water or dish.
Cormorants
Shags
Mainly fish, also squid, crustaceans, amphibians, insect larvae. *Whiting

*Meat Mix

*White Bait
6-8

1/2 Handful

1/2 Hanful
2 x Daily

1 x Daily

1 x Daily
As Above
Sea Eagles Fish, birds, small mammals, carrion. *Rats, mice, mullet,day old chicks.
*1 rat or 6 mice or 6 day old chicks or 5-6 whiting. 1 x Daily *Feed different food each day.
Pelicans Mainly Fish *Whiting
*Small Mullet
10
1
2 x Daily
2 x Daily
Throw, bird will catch.
Terns Mainly Fish *White Bait
*Small Whiting
*Pilchards
Handful
3
3
2 x Daily
2 x Daily
2 x Daily
In dish or water.
Geese
Swan
Ducks
Grasses, herbs, sedges, aquatic plants & seeds, insects, molluscs, crustaceans, insect larvae. *Poultry Breeder pellets.
*Seed, oats, cracked corn, millet, wheat.
*Greens, lettuce, spinach, sprouts, celery.
Handful

Handful


3-5 Handfuls
2 x Daily

2 x Daily


2 x Daily
In Dish

In Water


In Water

 

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