FW: Brown tree creeper - nesting - correction

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Subject: FW: Brown tree creeper - nesting - correction
From: "Margaret Leggoe" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009 12:07:37 +1000

It seems my assumption that I was watching a male bird was ill founded.  Many thanks to Chris Davey who has given me other clues to identifying the male brown treecreeper.  Chris said,


“ The male has a couple of blackish feathers below the throat which the female does not.  Very difficult to tell if the bird is not in the hand although in my view somewhat easier to tell during the spring than at other times.  It may be easier for you with a powerful camera lens but under normal conditions I find it very difficult, if not impossible.  I know this because I have a group that I am studying and they have all been sexed in the hand and colour banded.  The young can be told quite easily because they have fawn-coloured flanks.”


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From: Margaret Leggoe [
Sent: Friday, 17 July 2009 5:28 PM
Subject: Brown tree creeper - nesting


This morning at Newline I observed a male brown treecreeper entering and leaving a hollow tree trunk.  I watched him for more than an hour, and he always remained within 30 metres of the “nest”, feeding only on the ground.  He entered and left the nest several times in this period.  He was not carrying nesting material, nor was the female seen.  Can one assume the female is sitting on eggs in the nest?

Margaret Leggoe

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