Various birds (from memory honeyeaters) have even been known to take hair of live kangaroos, koalas, sheep……….
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On Behalf Of Anthony Overs via Canberrabirds
Sent: Tuesday, 5 October, 2021 11:37 AM
To: Helen Cross
Cc: Canberra birds
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Nesting materials
That reminds me of the nest workshop outings to Campbell Park. The sheep in the paddock next to the reserve scratch themselves on the fences, leaving wool on posts and barbed wire. We’ve seen that wool used to line nests of species like
Red Wattlebird, Noisy Friarbird, Olive-backed Oriole, Weebill, and Grey Fantail (Jack Holland, were there others??).
On 5 Oct 2021, at 10:53 am, Helen Cross <> wrote:
Grey Fantails and White-throated Gerygones have used shed horse hair in their nests from the local agistment paddocks.
On Mon, 4 Oct 2021, 6:59 pm Anthony Overs via Canberrabirds, <> wrote:
I leave some dog hair in an old clothes peg basket in the front yard for birds to collect for nesting materials. In the past, Superb Fairy-wrens, Eastern Spinebills and Red Wattlebirds have collected hair.
Today, the wattlebirds were taking some; they are building again after successfully raising two young.
Two new birds took some hair today. A Willie Wagtail, from one of the two pairs that live very close by, took some hair on two occasions. I didn’t see where the bird went though. A female Magpie-lark also took some hair on three occasions; the first time, she
collected a bit of grass as well as the hair, dunked the whole lot in the bird bath, then took it straight up to the nest under construction just across the street.
Another donation was quickly brushed out of the dog and put in the basket!