Kurrajongs & Bowerbirds on Mt Ainslie

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Subject: Kurrajongs & Bowerbirds on Mt Ainslie
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 15 May 2013 13:58:34 +1000
I have had two adult blue bird Bowerbirds in my garden (or more so in my neighbour's unkempt jungle, where they have a bower) yesterday and some other times in the last few weeks and approximately 10 to 15 green birds present here at any time over the last several weeks. 
Philip Veerman
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902
02 - 62314041
-----Original Message-----From: Robin Hide [ Sent: Wednesday, 15 May 2013 1:08 PM      To: boy nature; Canberrabirds
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Kurrajongs & Bowerbirds on Mt Ainslie


Re the SBB –they are currently v. active c.1200 metres away to the west in Corroboree Park and vicinity.  Daily present  at, and near,  the bower there.   (Two adult blue birds there  yesterday, and uncounted numbers of greens).

3-5 green birds came zipping  through our garden two days ago, affording only  a glimpse  - only ever seen one briefly in the garden before (a year ago).

Robin Hide


From: boy nature [ Sent: Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:52 AM      To: Canberrabirds      Cc:
Subject: [canberrabirds] Kurrajongs & Bowerbirds on Mt Ainslie


Every so often something really unusual happens.

I was walking up Mt Ainslie when I heard a strange rattling sound that I havent heard before. A bit like maracas but with much larger dried nuts or fruit inside. On closer investigation I found 5 Kurrajong trees with dried fruits, the odd one still with some seeds in them, but most of the seeds probably had been eaten or fallen on the ground. This was causing much excitement for 2 flocks of white winged choughs (12 birds), numerous pied currawongs and some green birds being chased off by currawongs. On closer examination there were at least 9 satin bowerbirds. All were green. They were foraging on the branches and also on the ground. In the main they were feeding quite peacefully with only the odd squabble.

The area is quite bare, with a stand of Allocasuarinas to the North. It was probably the least satin bowerbird type habitat that I have seen.


This spot is uphill (NE) between the Water tank and the power station. See link,149.150906&hl=en&sll=-35.267539,149.151742&sspn=0.010915,0.02135&t=h&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=16&z=16


see also the link below for information on Kurrajongs


Benj Whitworth



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