Red Wattlebirds

Subject: Red Wattlebirds
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2001 07:36:06 +1100
I've been watching Red Wattlebirds in the evenings taking off from the top of tall trees almost vertically. They do five or six wingbeats upwards and then swoop downwards again. They don't seem to be calling when they do this. It's quite a striking sight to see first one, then the next, then the next RWB perform this action.

Are they simply catching evening insects on the wing, or is this a territorial display?

John Leonard

John Leonard (Dr)
PO Box 243
Woden, ACT 2606

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