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 23:04:16 +1000
Apologies for sending this twice, Greg, but I want to explain why it's so
late.  When your message appeared on b-aus, I typed my reply immediately and
ever since have been trying unsuccessfully to send it.  Clicked on "Send and
Receive" and all I got was an error message saying that mail cannot be sent
to my account because the server is busy, try again later.   And this
despite the fact that mail is being sent to me at the time if there are any
'In' messages to be received.   And my message to you just stayed in the

But I may finally have found where I was at fault:  with your message open I
simply clicked on reply.  This left the birding-aus details at the bottom.
Removed them tonight and apparently my reply has been sent.  Again my
apologies for all this - I was born too long ago to be computer-competent.
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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