highlights, SEQ, 500m

Subject: highlights, SEQ, 500m
From: Judith L-A <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 19:13:41 +1000
Hello, Alan. In the past months I have, several times, heard scientists giving presentations use the words 'umbrella species' to refer to birds whose presence indicates the health of an environment...

Maybe the Red-browed Finches here are shyer!


What is meant by an umbrella species?
"The sight of Rainbow Lorikeets feeding alongside Red-browed Firetails is affecting, for these finches seem to trust no other bird so close by."
Up here on the Atherton Tableland I find Red-brows to be very trusting of other birds. The feed most days at my house beside the Peaceful Doves and Bar-shouldered Doves which come to the bit of grain I throw out. They don't seem to mind the Emerald Doves but they usually object to the presence of the Red-brows and flick a wing upwards, scaring them off. On those occasions when a  King Parrot visitors the feeder they have fed from right under its bill. In the bush they associate closely with other finches at times; Chestnut-breasted Manikins, Nutmeg Manikins and of course Blue-faced Parrot-Finches.


S-E Qld
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