Satin Bowerbird-- food

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Subject: Satin Bowerbird-- food
From: Judith L-A <>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:59:57 +0000
SEQ 500m
For those interested in this data: 
Past few years I've watched green Satin Bowerbirds feeding on developing 
flowers of the Liquidambar next to the house. Finally yesterday I was able to 
see what they're doing, mechanically-- 
They first snap off the (male) raceme & drop it to the ground. Immediately they 
feed with gusto on what's left behind. Examination, & the description BELOW, 
would suggest this is the female flower (containing "many ovules"). After a 
time the birds all drop to the ground, near/under the hedge beneath, & forage 
among the dead leaves there.
   According to Wikipedia (text & photos at Mobile site  ), the "Sweetgum" 
flowers "are typically about 1–1.5 inches (25–38 mm) in diameter and are 
covered with rusty hairs.[12] The flowers are unisexual[17]and greenish in 
color. Staminate flowers in terminal racemes two to three inches long, the 
pistillate in a solitary head on a slender peduncle borne in the axil of an 
upper leaf. Staminate flowers destitute of calyx and corolla, but are 
surrounded by hairy bracts. Stamens indefinite; filaments short; anthers 
introrse. Pistillate flowers with a two-celled, two-beaked ovary, the carpels 
produced into a long, recurved, persistent style. The ovaries all more or less 
cohere and harden in fruit. There are many ovules but few mature.[9]"
This note's from the mobile.
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