Olive-backed Oriole

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Subject: Olive-backed Oriole
From: "Lynn Jenkin" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 21:41:28 +1100
Back again
Last Sunday I awoke & looked out our bedroom window and about 20 metres away, sitting in a 4 metre high Cassuarina cunninghamiana was an Olive-backed Oriole. First record for our property, which is basically a bare block even though we are about 300 metres off a fairly well vegetated river. We have planted plenty but all still smallish.
We have only one fruiting tree, a Mulberry, no fruit currently. As I watched, the Oriole landed on the ground and picked up a worm or caterpillar and took it back to its perch . Our resident Grey Butcherbird then sent it packing. Unusual behaviour ? I have only seen Orioles in fruiting trees before, or at least in heavily vegetated areas.
Dick Jenkin
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