On 23.10.98 a bower at Mt Surprise (wwodland north-west of Cairns) was
decorated, just off to one side, separate from the other decoration, with
one snow-white and very fresh egg. The egg was about 4 cm long, and I can
only imagine it belonging to a pigeon. The egg was damaged, cracked one
side, and the opposite site having a hole surely made by the beak.
The egg was very fresh, judging by the interior (looking at the hole).
Has that been observed before, that the Great Bowerbird goes over dead
bodies to get decoration?
Also, Great Bowerbirds at Lawn Hill (Western Qld) have been heard to give
weak calls of Whistling Kites, and in one case giving perfect imitations of
the sound of rustling pandanus leaves. I thought I just add that.
On the 11.10. on Mt Lewis near Julatten a male Golden Bowerbird was
observed feeding on the ground, about 15 meters away from its bower. The
bird fed on figs, and it carried a half eaten fig, size about 2 cm., to a
sapling. At about 7 feet height it jammed the half-fig into a depression on
the sapling, and then moved on. It soon called from another branch, but
paid no more attention to the fig.
Is he storing in case of shortage of food? (Food shortage in the
Happy birding, Klaus
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