Welcome to the world of bird-watching. Unfortunately, I can't answer your
interesting question. I would like to make the following comment: From
personal experience I have found that the answers to many seemingly
simple questions are unknown. I hope you get your answer but, if not, I
would like to encourage you to focus on watchng wattle birds until you
find out the answer on your own. I suspect that the wattles of the Red
Wattle bird is similar to the wattles and cones of chickens .. in the
later species wattles do not inflate although there is the possibility
that the size of the wattle increase in size and intensity of colour at
certain times of the year or during certain behavioural interactions such
as courtship and fighting.
Please let us all know the results of your field observations ... anyone
can recite information from a book, not everyone has the motivation to
search for answers on their own ... IMHO, the world needs more people in
the later group.
Dr. Wm. James Davis, Editor
Interpretive Birding Bulletin
On Sat, 5 Jun 1999, Rachelle Levingston wrote:
> From: Rachelle Levingston <>
> Subject: Hello, and Red Wattle bird
> Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 18:10:02 +0800
> I'm a amateur birdwatcher that has just joined this mailing list.
> I'm 15, and live in Walcha, NSW. And I love birds. I was just wondering if
> anyone out there could tell me, when a Red Wattle bird
> is in courtship, does it's wattles inflate?
> -I had a big debate about it with my science teacher and would love
> to prove her wrong) so if any one knows an answer I would appreciate it
> greatly if you could reply.
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