birding-aus RE: Blue-faced Honeyeater - cooperative breeding

Subject: birding-aus RE: Blue-faced Honeyeater - cooperative breeding
From: Rohan Clarke <>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 11:16:46 +1100
        Hi all,
        To add to the discussion on co-operative breeding in Blue-faced
Honeyeaters. A reference noting this behaviour is listed in Mike Clarke's
review (Corella 1995 vol. 19 pp73-90) of co-operative breeding in Aust
birds. It is Boles, W. E., Longmore, N. W. and Lindsey, T. R. (1981)
Auxilliary at the nest of the Blue-faced honeyeater. Corella vol. 5 p 36.
        I haven't seen this paper but judging by the title and the length of
the paper (1 page) I expect it refers to a single observed nesting event.

        Lawrie wrote
> I can find no reference suggesting that BFHEs indulge in cooperative
> breeding, but their general lifestyle is one of a loose group of 8-10
> birds, so I guess the possibility is there.
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