|To:||"A.S. Katon" <>|
|From:||Lawrie Conole <>|
|Date:||Mon, 14 Jul 2003 09:32:51 +1000|
A.S. Katon wrote:|
I've seen this kind of thing in the Otway Ranges of SW Victoria around feeding incisions made by the Yellow-bellied Glider [YBG] (Petaurus australis), and various people have reported similar things from other tree wounds. I saw Brown-headed, White-naped, Yellow-faced, White-eared, New Holland and Crescent Honeyeaters, plus Eastern Spinebill, Red and Little Wattlebirds - the wattlebirds seem to find it such a useful resource that they defend it from other birds!! There was a paper in Emu a couple of years back, describing the range of birds using YBG incisions in wet sclerophyll forest on the Atherton Tableland in FNQ.
My observations suggest the birds actually consume the sap - though undoubtedly they pick up a few insects which are also attracted to the sugary sap.
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