Jim Davis <>
Request for information
Thu, 13 Apr 2000 19:34:32 +0930
Good day Jim.
The Striped Honeyeater and Grey Butcherbird occasionally form a nesting
association. I've seen this a few times in dense mallee habitats at
both Hattah, Victoria and also at Canopus, South Australia.
The nests were within 5 metres of each other, in adjacent trees. It
appeared that nesting commenced at about the same time. Have never
been sure whether this behavior is a strategy for honeyeater protection
or for providing a convenient snack for the butcherbird.
One of the old oological books, possibly Jackson's Catalogue or perhaps
North's also recorded this association.
Jim Davis wrote:
> Birding - Aus members:
> I would once again like to tap the experience of Birding-Aus subscribers.
> Currently, I am writing an article on nesting associations between different
> species of birds and between birds and other animals. I am aware of the
> following associations:
> Restless Flycatchers & Black and White birds (e.g. Magpie Larks)
> Willie Wagtails and Magpie Larks
> Regent Honeyeaters & Friarbirds
> Leaden Flycatchers and Friarbirds
> Assorted finches and birds of prey
> Osprey and assorted birds
> Assorted birds associated with wasps nests.
> If anyone knows of additional Australian examples or would care to elaborate
> on the above examples, feel free to do so. I will give credit where it is
> due, if I mention your personal experiences in the IB Bulletin article.
> Cheers, Jim
> Dr Wm. James Davis, Editor
> Interpretive Birding Bulletin
> website: www.ibirding.com
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