Hollows vs built nests

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Subject: Hollows vs built nests
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 00:21:20 +0000

Joe Forshaw’s book does not appear to mention it, at least not in the introduction. Though he does mention Galahs using small leafy branches to line the nest hollow. (I happened to see this on Sunday morning.) Of peripheral relevance is that the lovebirds of Africa build a nest, as does this one (below extract from Wikipedia).



The monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), also known as the Quaker parrot, is a species of true parrot in the family Psittacidae. It is a small, bright-green parrot with a greyish breast and greenish-yellow abdomen. Its average lifespan is 20–30 years. It originates from the temperate to subtropical areas of Argentina and the surrounding countries in South America


The monk parakeet is the only parrot that builds a stick nest, in a tree or on a man-made structure, rather than using a hole in a tree. This gregarious species often breeds colonially, building a single large nest with separate entrances for each pair. In the wild, the colonies can become quite large, with pairs occupying separate "apartments" in nests that can reach the size of a small automobile. These nests can attract many other tenants including birds of prey such as the spot-winged falconet (Spiziapteryx circumcincta), ducks such as the yellow-billed teal (Anas flavirostris), and even mammals. Their five to 12 white eggs hatch in about 24 days.



From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Dr David Rosalky
Sent: Monday, 25 October, 2021 10:38 PM
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Subject: [Canberrabirds] Hollows vs built nests


Do any Australian parrots or cockatoos build their own nest?

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