Welcome Swallow nesting dates

To: Birding-Aus <>, Ashwin Rudder <>
Subject: Welcome Swallow nesting dates
From: Peter Higgins <>
Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:10:02 +1100

Hi Ashwin

In terms of breeding biology, Welcome Swallow would have to be one of the best known Australian and New Zealand species. There is a mass of information in the literature. Nevertheless, the summary in HANZAB has eggs (which in reality only proper estimate of start of breeding) recorded all months, but mainly August to December.  HANZAB has a detailed breakdown of 2593 clutches in the Nest Record Scheme by month (each in turn broken down to early, mid and late), as well as a summary of the extensive published literature (e.g. papers by Tarburton, in Emu, Marchant & Fullagar also in Emu). I suggest a literature search would turn up most of the papers.

Peter Higgins


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