birding-aus Red wattlebirds

Subject: birding-aus Red wattlebirds
From: Rachelle Levingston <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 01:06:23 PDT
Hello all who replied to my 'Red Wattle' inquest!
I've not been able to observe any mating/territorial Red Wattlebirds... The the simple reason, it is not their breeding
season, but...
I was talking to my teacher the other day about the matter
and she said that she saw a Red Wattle bird once with it's
wattles enlarged to the size of a 10c piece, not fully
inflated but 2/3. She was at the UNE at the time and someone
pointed out to her that it was a male Red Wattlebird and that they enlarge their wattles to this size in courtship displays and in
defending territory (although she can't quiet remember who this
person was).
I still doubt that this phenomena occurs, for one thing: both the
male and female have these wattles.
If I do find otherwise I will let you all know.

Another thing that interested me was that the other day, when I was
on my way home from school (about 5 to 5 O'clock). I saw a flock of 60+ Magpies. Flying at medium altitude for a bird, close enough together but not in a 'tight' formation. Flying north-west.
It did look rather odd seeing Magpies flying together in such a number!

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