Satin Bowerbirds, female feeding immature

To: "John Leonard" <>, "Canberra Birds" <>
Subject: Satin Bowerbirds, female feeding immature
From: "Jack and Andrea Holland" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006 21:26:00 +1100
John - very typical behaviour from my observations round Chapman etc at this time of year.  I found the juveniles difficult to separate from the adults, have never seen or heard any begging behaviour, and the young seem to be able to feed themselves fairly early on (unlike magpies and pied currawongs). 
Together with the female SBB being a very surreptitious nester, you can understand why there are so few SBB breeding records in the ACT.
Sadly there are very few SBB in my GBS site etc since the fires.
Jack Holland
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