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

To: Syd Curtis <>, bird <>
Subject: Assault on Hair by Birds (was Attack by Friarbird).
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:58:08 +1000
The late Australian poet Douglas Stewart wrote a poem called "Nesting Time" describing a White-eared Honeyeater which pulled out his and his young daughter's hair. Worth reading.

Anthea Fleming

On 15/09/2010 10:54 PM, Syd Curtis wrote:

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.


Greg Clancy
Coutts Crossing

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