Nesting Magpie-larks

To: 'Birding Aus' <>
Subject: Nesting Magpie-larks
From: Chris Hankel <>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 16:41:18 +1030
When we were on a camping trip on Katarapko Creek in the River Murray National Park last October , a Kookaburra raided the nest of a very diligent Magpie-Lark mother while she was collecting food. She delighted in bringing first one, and then the other two (both at once) over to a branch right by my camper and disposing of them by beating them on the branch and then tearing them apart, as kookaburras do! The saddest part was watching the poor mother return to the nest with food and foraging through the nest trying to find her young.
The same kookaburra also took young from  a Noisy Miner's nest.
We presumed the she must have been feeding young too as she also pinched a lot of food from us.
You're right Neville - it is a very cruel world.

Chris Hankel Administrative Assistant
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Cas and Lisa Liber wrote:
Wow, a blue faced honeyeater taking young? Has that been recorded before as
I have never heard of it... Cas
-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Neville Schrader
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2009 3:53 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Nesting Magpie-larks

 Over the last twenty four months I've observed a pair of Magpie-larks that
have taken up residence in my backyard.  The first nest they constructed was
a failure  (2007), but twelve months later they rebuilt it adding another
layer on the top of the old nest.  Since then they have laid 6 clutches all
par one failures.

 The first naked young were taken by a Blue-faced honeyeater. They also
raided the White-plumed honeyeater's nest and took the young. It's a cruel

 The second lot of young were taken by Australian Ravens.

The third I think by Pied Currawong as they were near the nest and looked

The fourth attempt was again taken by Australian Ravens despite my

The fifth clutch was again taken by blue-faced honeyeater's.

The pair then decided to build a new nest in an adjoining tree, this time
they raised two young which successfully fledged and may live to an old age
if they stop chasing grasshopper on the Newell Highway.

Neville Schrader OAM

2 Elizabeth St.

Parkes NSW 2870

33'05  148'15


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