Scarlet and Red-capped Robin interaction

Subject: Scarlet and Red-capped Robin interaction
From: Steve <>
Date: Sun, 06 May 2001 10:50:38 +1000
G'day all

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of male Scarlet and Red-capped Robins
in the same binocular view.  This was during a quick visit to the Long
Forest Flora Reserve west of Melton in southern Victoria.  The forest is
an unusual outpost of mallee vegetation.  The two robins were clearly in
competition mode and were puffed up and chattering to each other.  At
one point they launched themselves into a full scale wrestling match (I
think the Scarlet instigated this).  After the wrestle they parted
company and went foraging in different directions.  Several Brown
Thornbills and a young Golden Whistler perched down low near the fight
and looked like ringside spectators.

I've never seen these two Robins in the same place before.  Where else
would this occur?  I'd guess they would both be found in the Bendigo
Whipsick and maybe the Little Desert.


Steve Clark
Hamilton, Victoria

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