Brown-headed Honeyeaters bathing in rain droplets

Subject: Brown-headed Honeyeaters bathing in rain droplets
From: Peter Pfeiffer <>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 08:45:05 +0930
At 06:19 PM 5/15/2006, you wrote:

Of interest was a group of Brown-headed Honeyeaters that was kicking up quite a fuss in the canopy of eucalypts. There had been short shower earlier in the morning and there was a light layer of water still on the leaves. At first I thought they were gleaning lerp or insects off the leaves and were doing it in an overly vigorous fashion. After watching them for a while I came to the conclusion that they were vigorously shaking and flapping their wings in amongst the leaves having a kind of bath. There must have been about 30 birds.

I can't remember seeing this behaviour before.


Mick Todd


I have observed New Holland Honeyeaters often taking ' foliage baths' here in Adelaide.



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