Crested Bellbird biology

To: "Kurtis Lindsay" <>, "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Crested Bellbird biology
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 16:43:24 +1000
Yes, good point Kurtis. There's not been much study done on the Crested 
Bellbird. For instance I've managed to find (see below) very little information 
about this cryptic ventriloquist.

Not unrelated, BA Vic's doing a series of Crested Bellbird surveys, mainly 
around Rushworth and Bendigo; numbers appear to be dropping significantly. If 
anyone wants to get involved please let me or Stuart Dashper know.


Tim Dolby

Crested Bellbird, Oreoica gutturalis, usually placed in Muscicapidae, collects 
caterpillars, which it places (after paralyzing them by squeezing their backs) 
along the inner edge of the nest, before the young hatch. Other behavior data 
are given. COOPERR, P. 1962. Australian Bird Watcher, 1: 181-184.

The Crested Bellbird (Oreoica gutturalis) in Eastern Coastal Australia Emu, 
Vol. 42 No. 2 Pages 119 - 121.

Crested Bellbirds call. Emu, Vol. 56 No. 2 Pages 148 - 149.

Crested Bellbird Emu, Vol. 42 No. 3 Pages 188 - 188.

The Crested Bellbird Oreoica gutturalis in the Hunter Valley of New South 
Wales. McAllan, I. A. W. 2001. Australian Bird Watcher 19: 55--59. 

Southward extension of the range of the Blue-and-White Wren and the Crested 
Bellbird. ROOK, D. A. 1963. West. Aust. Nat. 8: 173-174.

An Early Record of the Crested Bellbird from the Swan River District. The 
Western Australian Naturalist. Julian Ford. Volume 11 No 2 - November 29, 1968.

'Crested Bellbird' in Ecological requirements of birds specialising in mallee 
habitats, modelling the habitat suitability for threatened mallee birds Clarke, 
Rohan H. Dept. of Zoology, La Trobe University, 2005.

   Finally a poem!

On Not Seeing the Crested Bellbird at Duck Pool Reserve. By Kinsella, John. 
World Literature Today, Sep-Dec 2004, Vol. 78 Issue 3/4, p25-25

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