Thought you might be interested in some other 'different' pairing; in
Dandenong, eastern sub, Melbourne, I have often seen a large-billed
corella and a little corella flying and feeding together in a suburban
In Cockatoo, the Dandenong Ranges, a long-billed corella spends its time
moving around with a sulphur crested cockatoo.
Ian Temby wrote:
> Last week I spent an hour or two birding at a local wetland reserve
> (Banyule Wetlands, near Heidelberg, north-east of Melbourne), looking
> Cisticola nests. It is an area I cycle past on my way to work. In
> past I have seen spoonbills on only two or three occasions. Last
> Friday, I
> saw two spoonbills standing by the water's edge, facing each other,
> about a
> metre apart. I was surprised to see that this "pair" of spoonbills
> was one
> Yellow-billed Spoonbill and one Royal Spoonbill.
> The same "pair" was busy feeding in the shallows at 0615 today. It
> be interesting to see whether they remain paired and attempt to breed.
> This observation reminds me of a Sooty Oystercatcher/Pied
> pair that used to nest each year on Mud Islands in Port Phillip Bay
> the early eighties.
> My only record of a Crimson Rosella at a former home was of one
> with a male Eastern Rosella.
> This makes for efficient birding if one is ticking lists, but is
> interesting for other reasons. Do these birds breed? Do they produce
> young? Are the young able to breed? In some cases, observation has
> the answers to be yes. Perhaps more interesting, is how these birds
> form a
> pair in the first place.
> Any suggestions?
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