Magpie Lark nesting in deciduous tree

To: calyptorhynchus <>
Subject: Magpie Lark nesting in deciduous tree
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 15:02:06 +1000
No I haven’t had Magpie-larks nesting in dead native trees but I have had Tawny 
Frogmouths roosting in a leafless poplar for weeks before it got leaves.


Mike Tarburton.

> On 10 Sep 2020, at 9:08 am, calyptorhynchus <> wrote:
> Here in suburban Canberra we have Magpie Larks nesting in a deciduous tree in 
> our backyard. 
> The nest is nearing completion, but at the moment the tree has not yet put 
> out leaves (probably will have done so in a couple of weeks).
> In previous years they (or other ML pairs) have nested in tall Eucalypts 
> nearby, this is the first year they have nested here.
> My question is, why built in a tree that is as yet a bare tree. Surely they 
> can't know it's going to leaf in a few weeks and so the shade and protection 
> might be better than a native tree; at the moment there is no shade and no 
> protection. Magpies often nest in deciduous trees, but Magpies are more 
> formidable than MLs and can fight off more predators. Has anyone ever seen 
> MLs nesting a dead native tree?
> -- 
> John Leonard
> Canberra
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