Re: Displays of Regent Honeyeater

Subject: Re: Displays of Regent Honeyeater
From: (Peter Menkhorst)
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 11:13:00 +1100
On 10 June Cilla Rose wrote:>
>I know everyone is aware by now that there are Regent Honeyeaters by the 
>hatful at Glen Davis but no one seems to be highlighting just what a 
>delightful day's birdwatching is to be had there just now besides seeing the 
>Regents so easily.  One interesting aspect of the Regent observable just now 
>is the interesting way they were calling. It was their soft, warbly call 
>(best described in Pizzey) interspersed with bill-clapping and lots of 
>bobbing up and down (this is also described in Pizzey, but not the 
>bill-clapping).  Does anyone know the significance of this?
The function of the head-bobbing and bill-clapping display is not known with 
certainty. This behaviour is commonly observed when flocks of Regents first 
arrive in an area. I have regularly observed this behaviour amongst Regents 
in north-east Victoria during spring and I suspect that it is associated 
with territory establishment and pair formation. The birds at Capertee may 
well begin breeding within 4 to 6 weeks.

Peter Menkhorst
Manager, Regent Honeyeater recovery effort

Peter Menkhorst

Flora and Fauna Branch
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
PO 41 East Melbourne Vic 3002
phone 03 9412 4288    fax 03 9412 4586

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