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

To: Chris Hudson <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Nestsite selection behaviour in Willie-Wagtails?
From: "Paul McDonald" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 10:28:10 +1100
Hi Chris and others..

I haven't seen WWs doing the behaviour that you describe, but 
Rufous Whistlers certainly do. In the latter it is the male that sings 
from likely spots, 'squatting' as if incubating while showing 
numerous nest sites to the female. By this stage pair bonds have 
been formed and folicular hierarchy has been established in the 
female (ie eggs are in the process of being formed and while be laid 
within the next couple of weeks). 

Male RWs sing and do their typical bob display before 'false 
incubating/squatting' at as many as half a dozen likely spots (no 
where near 60, guess they don't have the energy of WWs!) before 
the female picks a site and begins nest construction. Interestingly 
the first nest built is almost always not used, perhaps acting as a 
decoy. It is sometimes pulled apart to be used as material for the 
second nest, which is usually the recipient of the first eggs.

Happy Birding,
Paul McDonald
Division of Botany and Zoology
School of Life Sciences
Australian National University
Canberra, A.C.T.
Australia       0200

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