FW: [canberrabirds] Ringbarking by Galahs

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Ringbarking by Galahs
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:26:47 +0000

See below John.  Furthemore Elizabeth can tell you a thing or two about the current Great Bandaging Project of Wylie Street






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From: John Brannan
Sent: Tuesday, 28 July 2015 11:15 AM
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Subject: Ringbarking by Galahs


Friends of mine showed me a photo the other day of a mature eucalypt (E. rossii from the look of it) that has been almost completely ringbarked over the last few weeks by a pair of Galahs. The ringbarking is mid-way up the main trunk and immediately below a hole they’ve been enlarging, presumably to use for nesting (but which is also being used by a possum).

Is this a common practice? Do we know their reasons for doing this?

(And no, I haven’t asked the Galahs myself.) John


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