Flocking in KIngfishers

To: "Alan Gillanders" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Flocking in KIngfishers
From: "Bruce Cox" <>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 15:49:37 +1000
Subject: Flocking in KIngfishers

Alan Gillanders wrote:

> Greetings,
> 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.
> 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
> be the seventh bird was perched about ten metres from the flock in the
> direction. I think that three of the group were in the same positions as
> Friday night and that the outliers were now closer to the centre of the
> group.
> I would be interested in any comments on this behaviour in this or related
> species.
> 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
> stinging hooks present on the leaves being eaten.
> Regards,
> Alan

Hi Alan and Birding-ausers,

I remember something similar, a small rather isolated tree with several
Forest Kingfishers in Iron Range National Park, FNQ, a daytime sighting
however. It was on a Klaus Uhlenhut tour in June 1997.


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