an observation about an artificial habitat for Hooded Robins

To: "'Michael & Janette Lenz'" <>, "'Con Boekel'" <>
Subject: an observation about an artificial habitat for Hooded Robins
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 08:54:19 +1000
On the subject of 'artificial', the HR, like other robins, also makes much
use of post-and-wire fence lines.  Another species particularly associated
with exotic shrub growth in our area is the Speckled Warbler. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael & Janette Lenz  
Sent: Tuesday, 5 August 2008 8:03 PM
To: Con Boekel
Cc: chat line
Subject: an observation about an artificial habitat for
Hooded Robins


interesting observations and thoughts. You may have to consider that habitat

requirements outside and during the breeding season may differ somewhat,.

Here a couple of quotes referring to our part of the world from the chapter 
on the Hooded Robin in HANZAB (Vol. 6, p. 733): "Mainly in lightly  timbered

habitats, especially woodlands and shrublands dominated by acacias or 
eucalypts"...."often in or near clearings"..."Often recorded in areas with 
dead or fallen timber that provides suitable perches for foraging."..."On 
lower slopes of Mt Ainslie...preferred woodland habitat contained many 
eucalypts with forked branches less than 2m above ground (preferred 
nest-sites), fallen dead trees and branches (important perches for feeding),

much grass (providing ground-level camouflage for fledglings) and pockets of

eucalypt saplings (offering protection from predators) (Sullivan 1993)". The

reference for D. Sullivan: Aust Bird Watcher 15: 99-107.

You may also want to look at 2 contributions by Bill Graham in CBN (A): 15 
(2) [1990] 22-27 (habitat requirements) and (B) 18 (2) [1993] 23-29

Michael Lenz

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