RFI: Gerygones, thornbills etc. drinking

To: Sue & Phil Gregory <>
Subject: RFI: Gerygones, thornbills etc. drinking
From: Trevor Hampel <>
Date: Sun, 04 Mar 2007 20:57:28 +1030

Sue & Phil Gregory wrote:
A query please- whilst researching the Acanthizids (gerygones, thornbills, whitefaces, Pilotbird, Origma, Heathwrens, Fieldwrens etc) I have been struck by the lack of references to any of them drinking ( and please no jokes about having to reach 18 years, some thornbills nearly do!). I can only find a ref to White-browed Scrubwrens drinking from water troughs, and that is about it.

Hi there Phil,

Only this morning we had a Yellow Rumped Thornbill visit our birdbath and it actually had a drink. This is not common with this species here but I have seen it several times before. Running a sprinkler (pre water restrictions) is another matter - they come from all directions to bathe - with water splashing in all directions. During these bathing sessions I've never seen them drinking but they may do so.

Another species we have here occasionally is the Chestnut Rumped Thornbill. This is an occasional visitor to our garden and although it has come close to the birdbath on many occasions I've only ever seen it drink once.

The Yellow Thornbill, although present on occasions, I have never seen drinking.

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