Flocking in KIngfishers

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Subject: Flocking in KIngfishers
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Sun, 9 May 2004 20:07:18 +1000

Last Friday a friend asked me about flocking in Forest Kingfishers and I
said that they often hang out in pairs. After fledging the young are seen
with their parents but I had no knowledge of them forming larger groups. Is
this others' understanding?

The reason I ask is that night I saw six of them roosting in a space no
greater than 1 400mm x 40mm x 40mm. Another bird was disturbed by our
spotlight about ten metres away. On Saturday night a bird which I presume to
be the seventh bird was perched about ten metres from the flock in the other
direction. I think that three of the group were in the same positions as the
Friday night and that the outliers were now closer to the centre of the

I would be interested in any comments on this behaviour in this or related

By the way we heard but did not see, Barn Owl, Boobook and Owlet Nightjar.
The tree-kangaroos, Grandma and Dorothy were really close to the road and
one Green Ringtail Possum came down to feed just above our heads. It was
eating a young stinging tree, Dendrocnide phytinophylla, with plenty of the
stinging hooks present on the leaves being eaten.


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