Observations of birds feeding on bridal creeper (Asparagus asparagoides) fruits within Yanchep National Park, Western Australia

Christopher StansburyA, Department of Geography, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley Campus, Perth, WA 6009, Australia.

A Present address: Department of Geography, University of Western Australia.


This study identified birds feeding on bridal creeper fruits in Boomerang Gorge, Yanchep National Park. During the study, 24 of the known 92 land species that occur in the Park were sighted in the vicinity of Bridal Creeper infestations. Five species, the red wattlebird, purple swamphen, little crow, ringneck parrot and the silvereye, were observed feeding on bridal creeper fruits. Observations of fruit removal and theory on seed dispersal by birds were used to identify possible dispersal systems that contribute to the current distribution of bridal creeper infestation in the park.


Plant Protection Quarterly (1996) 11 (2) 59-60.