Skin and bone: observations of dingo scavenging during a chronic food shortage

Dingo (and hybrid) diet studies primarily rely on analyses of prey remains found in stomachs or scats (i.e. faeces). However, dingoes are also scavengers, and doubt may remain as to whether or not a given item found in a stomach/scat was killed or scavenged. This paper briefly reports some incidental observations of dingoes scavenging cattle (Bos taurus), red kangaroos (Macropus rufus), wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), and other dingo carcasses during a chronic food shortage. This confirms that diet studies may not be evidence for predation, and that dietary items collected during a discrete period may not actually reflect the period when the item died.

Secondary title Australian Mammalogy
Author Benjamin L. Allen
Date 15/09/2010
Year 2010
Volume 32
Number 2
Institution The University of Queensland
Department School of Animal Studies
Pages 207-208
ISBN/ISSN doi:10.1071/AM10012