Pardalote nests

To: Barry McLean <>
Subject: Pardalote nests
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 20:29:37 +1000
Barry McLean wrote:
> Hi All,
> Recently we have seen two cases of Striated Pardalotes using Fairy
> Martin nests in farm sheds (one near Tarnagulla and one near Mathoura)
> as nesting hollows.  Is this a common practice?  In the Mathoura shed
> Fairy Martins had returned and were showing interest in the same old
> nest but we don't know the result.
> Barry and Roberta McLean
> PO Box 979 Swan Hill 3585
> Ph 0418584433
> We house sit.
> Temp 03 9888 3146 (until 26 October)
Several years ago we camped in Kinchega NP on the Darling in NSW, in
September. A pair of Striated Pardalotes had taken possession of a Fairy
Martin nest on the ceiling slats of the old woolshed, and were carrying
in nest material. The newly returned Fairy Martins seemed very disturbed
by this. There were Fairy Martins in great swarms, and hundreds of old
nests, but only one nest seemed to have interloping Pardalotes.
Anthea Fleming in Ivanhoe, Vic.
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