birding-aus Re: Nestsite selection behaviour in Willie-Wagtails?

Subject: birding-aus Re: Nestsite selection behaviour in Willie-Wagtails?
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 09:04:49 +1000

While it is tempting to think that it is late for another bout of nesting I have
recently seen Willie Wagtails on eggs.

The behaviour described is reminiscent of Regent Honeyeaters selecting nest
sites.  The male crouches in a fork, or other suitable site, quivering his wings
and tail while the female looks on.  She then moves into the same position to
try the site for "size and comfort".  They might then move to another location
to repeat the exercise.  This can go on for some time.  This, and other, Regent
Honeyeater behaviour was recently described in Interpretative Birding Bulletin
edited by Jim Davis.

David Geering

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