Are Apostlebirds normally a tame species?

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Subject: Are Apostlebirds normally a tame species?
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Sun, 26 May 2013 18:59:10 +1000
I was down on the Granite Belt over the weekend to purchase some wine from a Land for Wildlife establishment (Lucas Estate at Severnlea - they have a Variegated Fairy-wren on their label - I enjoyed listening to Mistletoebirds and watching the passing raptors while pondering my purchases over a Baked Ricotta with Spiced Shiraz Jus accompanied by a 2006 Chardonnay).

I was packing the car at my accommodation (a 100 year old school house at Ballandean surrounded by farmland and remnant vegetation) this morning (while the frost was melting) when first a family of Grey- crowned Babblers and then a group of Apostlebirds dropped in. When I say that the Apostlebirds were tame, one walked within 5 cm of my shoe. Given that the caretaker lives offsite and the place would average less than one group of visitors per week, the birds would not have frequent contact with people. I rather doubt that anyone feeds them.

Are Apostlebirds normally this tame?

As an aside, I also enjoyed some nice views of Plum-headed Finches making the most of the brambles along a fenceline on the property.

Regards, Laurie.

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