nesting associations

To: "Jim Davis" <>
Subject: nesting associations
From: "Jo Wieneke" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 09:30:53 +1000
Hi Jim,
Two associations occur to me. Firstly the Figbird/Drongo/Helmeted Friarbird
groups that nest on Magnetic Island Nth Qld. It was very common to find two
or all three species nesting in the same tree. They used the samed trees
year after year in many cases. Other species found less frequently in the
same trees were Pied Imperial Pigeons, Blue-winged Kookaburras and Pied
Butcherbirds. These last two had an convient food supply. Also on Magnetic
Island are Yellow-bellied Sunbirds that seem to prefer to nest near or right
inside houses where they have more protection from predators such as
butcherbirds and currawongs. I found far more sunbird nests in residential
areas than in the bush.

Jo Wieneke

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