Red Wattlebirds

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Subject: Red Wattlebirds
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 11:10:14 +1000
 John Leonard wrote
> 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
> next RWB perform this action.
> Are they simply catching evening insects on the wing, or is this a
> territorial display?

g'day all,

2 years ago I saw on a number of occasions Little Friarbirds doing exactly
the same thing. We had an influx of the birds at that time.
About 6 birds would take it in turns to fly vertically upwards about 3
meters and then just drop....something similiar to that performed in the
aeroplane aerobatic displays.
I thought they could have been young birds having a bit of fun.

At the same time there were plenty of other Little Friarbirds in the
vicinity just doing their normal thing.

Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.

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