Ringnecks And Eremophilas

To: "Richard Johnson" <>, "Birding-Aus Mail" <>
Subject: Ringnecks And Eremophilas
From: "Robert Read" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 18:22:34 +0930
Thank you for your comments.
I have seen Ringnecks feeding on the flowers of the red flowered Eremophila
I was surprised to see them apparently feeding on old dry fruits (or seeds).
Patches of Eremophila latrobei in flower are very attractive to honeyeaters including the Black and Pied, and sometimes event the elusive Grey.  However I have never seen any honeyeaters feeding on Eremophila freelingii, although this species is more widespread.  I wonder if the nectar production of this species varies between regions.
Robert Read
Richard Johnson wrote
Ringnecks have been recorded eating Eremophila buds, E. maculata flowers, E. oppositifolia fruit. There were no records of Eremophila-eating for Bluebonnets, Red-winged Parrots, Pale-headed Rosellas, Mulga Parrots, Red-rumped or Bourke's Parrots. Of course, no records doesn't necessarily mean that it doesn't happen - I'll be keeping an eye out in future.
On the other hand, Eremophila nectar is a big turn-on for many honeyeaters. The Black HE seems particularly attuned to Eremophila flowering and at various places in SW Qld I have recorded them feeding at the flowers of E. sturtii, E. freelingi, E. latrobei.
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