Re: nest destruction

Subject: Re: nest destruction
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 12:06:30 +1100


I assume you are after examples of birds destroying others nests in order to maintain the integrity of it's territory.  I can't immediately think of an example of this.  

Nests are often dismantled by other birds in order to secure nesting material for themselves.  Honeyeaters are notorious for doing this.  This is not, however, an effort to deter other birds from nesting within "their" territory.

At Chiltern (NE Victoria) this year we had a pair of Regent Honeyeaters (the male was colour banded) unsuccessfully attempt to nest in the same area on four occasions.  On three of these the nests was mismantled by Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters.  I have seen numerous other instances of nest destruction in the guise of easy to source nesting material.  Regents aren't always on the receiving end, they will do this to other species as well.



David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
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