White-winged Triller minding two nests

Subject: White-winged Triller minding two nests
Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2001 16:07:58 +0800
I did a quick bird survey at the Battery Recycling yard at the Argyle
Diamond Mine in the north east Kimberley of WA.  I found a female
White-winged Triller sitting on a nest about 4 metres up in the fork of a
eucalypt tree.  There were no young visible.  A male White-winged Triller
came in and they swapped over.  The male appeared to have something in its
bill but it did not feed anything in the nest.  The male then flew out
about 15 seconds later into another tree about 10 metres away.  I looked
over there and there was another nest about 5 metres above the ground in
the fork of the eucalypt.  I went closer and there were three nestlings
about three quarter size and very striated.  I haven't heard of male
White-winged Trillers having multiple partners before, although you often
see a group of 5 or 6 trillers together.

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