Peter Woodall <>
Tue, 22 Feb 2000 10:18:08 +1000
At 20:52 21/02/2000 +1000, you wrote:
>I am trying to find out if Red-eared Firetails feed their young on insects
as a matter of course. I am aware that R-e F's do partake of the odd insect
or two to suppliment their diets. Can anyone steer me in the right direction?
Klaus Immelmann in "Australian Finches" writesof the Red-eared Firetail
.. "During the breeding season the birds pick small insects
from the foliage".
I would imagine that this is both to increase the adults protein intake
for producing eggs, and also
the feed the protein demand of the growing nestlings.
This is the pattern found in many of the finches/waxbills/mannikins/etc.
Dr Peter Woodall email =
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