birding-aus Re: Early birds

Subject: birding-aus Re: Early birds
From: "Carol Probets" <>
Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 02:37:31 PST

On 30th January, Anne Green wrote:
>The proverbial "early bird" doen't include galahs or corellas either,
>for reasons unknown to me. They seem to be slow to get going in the
>morning. Also Welcome Swallows, a pair of whom share our accommodation.
>I suppose flying insect life is in short supply until the weather warms
>up. Our 2 spend many hours resting inside our shed in dull or windy

Dear all,

I always used to think ground-feeding insectivores were as a rule the 
first birds to start singing at dawn. In my part of the world, apart 
from the Koel and other cuckoos which call at all hours anyway, Eastern 
Yellow Robins and Laughing Kookaburras start the ball rolling (both 
perch-and-pounce feeders) followed closely by the Bassian Thrush. 
However, Syd Curtis' observations of Albert's Lyrebirds being late 
risers don't bear this theory out and he made a good point about it 
being too dark for safety on the ground.

Although Yellow Robins start singing very early, they continue this 
singing for quite a while, and they can't be feeding at the same time. 
Perhaps the relative time of first singing is not so much to do with 
diet but with territorial pressures. Any ideas??

Cheers, Carol.

PS I'm trying to be more of an early bird myself, unfortunately I see 
the dawn more often by staying up really late than by getting up early.

Carol Probets,
Katoomba NSW

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