Assault on Hair by Birds (was Attack by Friarbird).

To: Greg & Val Clancy <>, bird <>
Subject: Assault on Hair by Birds (was Attack by Friarbird).
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 22:54:44 +1000
Spot on, Greg.

There is a photo titled "White-eared honeyeater gathering hair for
nest-lining" at page 87 in "Bird Wonders of Australia", by Alec Chisholm
(Angus & Robertson, 1948).

The photo carries the credit: "Self-photo: K. A. Hindwood".  And Chisholm
devotes Chapter XI - "Birds that steal human hair" to discussing this
practice of that species.



> From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
> Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 19:05:19 +1000
> To: "Stephen Ambrose" <>, "'Tony Russell'"
> <>, "'Gary Wright'" <>, "'Del
> Richards'" <>, "'birding aus'"
> <>
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Assault on Hair by Birds (was Attack by Friarbird).
> White-eared Honeyeaters are well known for landing on people's heads and
> pulling out hair to be used in their nests.  I haven't seen it myself but
> have seen photos  taken, I think by the late Keith Hindwood, in the Sydney
> area of this practice.
> I presume that the Friarbird was doing the same thing.
> Regards
> Greg Clancy
> Ecologist
> Coutts Crossing

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