New holland Honeyeater recycles nest

Subject: New holland Honeyeater recycles nest
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 13:42:06 +1100
Steve and all,

I've sometimes seen birds re-using their nest material, especially soft
lining such as feathers or fur, which I imagine would be harder to come by
than the rest of the material. This season a pair of Brown Thornbills
nested outside my kitchen window, but just after the eggs hatched the nest
was torn open and the young taken, probably by a Pied Currawong. However
this week the thornbills have been back, the female getting beakfuls of the
soft fur lining and carrying it off down the hill to where they are
obviously having another go.



Carol Probets
Katoomba NSW

Steve Clark wrote:
>Just outside my office window is a climber which was growing too high.  The
>gardener here chopped it back to just below window level - revealing a New
>Holland Honeyeater's nest with three eggs.  I don't know what happened to the
>eggs but for the last week the birds have been busy dismantling the nest and
>rebuilding it in a nearby shrub.  How common is it for birds to reuse nest

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