ANU biodiversity bird surveys

To: "'CanberraBirds'" <>
Subject: ANU biodiversity bird surveys
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2012 17:04:42 +1000
A rather dull day of birding it appeared. My best bird was a female Rose
Robin, in a pine tree adjacent to the fenced off garden area of the Vice
Chancellor's house. But I would not recommend that bird as easy to find
(even if it stays there).

As for David's question, I'd suggest: An adult male feeding an adult female
as pair bonding behaviour as the most likely possibility. HANZAB describes
that. The curious thing is timing, but we really don't know when the birds
around Canberra commence breeding behaviour. We only get to see the DY and
that is normally a narrow period of time here. I suggest it is more late for
a DY feeding than early for a courtship feeding.


-----Original Message-----
From: David McDonald (personal) 
Sent: Saturday, 14 July 2012 2:45 PM
To: CanberraBirds
Cc: Tim Yiu
Subject: Aust King-Parrot feeding another bird

Greetings. Today we had the ANU biodiversity bird surveys, skilfully
managed by Tim Yiu and supported by a number of GOG members.

At one point my team saw an adult male Australian King-Parrot feeding a
young? female? bird by means of regurgitation.

The breeding season for this species is documented as September to
January. HANZAB states that 'Parents continue to feed young after
fledging...; independent 14 days after fledging...; young remain with
parents for some weeks'.

So I wonder what we were observing in the middle of July, five or six
months after the end of the breeding season? An adult male feeding young 
from last summer? An adult male feeding an adult female as pair bonding
behaviour? Other possibilities?

Suggestions welcome.


David McDonald
1004 Norton Road
Wamboin NSW 2620
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