Re: FW: [canberrabirds] White-browed Woodswallows - dy defensive pose

To: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>, <>
Subject: Re: FW: [canberrabirds] White-browed Woodswallows - dy defensive pose
From: Bron King <>
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:31:08 +1100
I apologise.  When I checked after I read your observation Geoffrey, I realised that the photo to which I linked
was of Dusky Woodswallows, seen at L. Ginninderra.
(We'd been watching White-broweds at Boorowa a day or two earlier and I mislabeled the photo).


Yes  -  I have seen that freezing behaviour, head raised stiffly, sufficiently often with White-broweds to think it is typical early fledging (not necessarily premature fledging) behaviour in response to a possible predator.  It does not seem to happen with Duskies, for example the below premature fledger (discussed earlier) at Stony Creek which remained active and was eventually called back to the nest site by the parents.  One assumes that the alarm calls by the parents prompt freezing (up to a point) in the White-browed, otherwise with Duskies
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