Australian Owlet-Nightjars in Mangroves

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Subject: Australian Owlet-Nightjars in Mangroves
From: Nick Leseberg <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 03:27:49 +0000
Hi All,

I have spent the last couple of nights assisting with research on microbats in 
mangroves around Brisbane, and have been surprised to come across several 
Australian Owlet-Nightjars.

HANZAB states that Australian Owlet-Nightjars are 'rarely in mangroves', but I 
have found three different birds now using mangroves, with two of them being 
deep inside, at least 200m from the nearest other woodland. This might not be 
evidence that the birds are residing solely in mangroves or even using them 
regularly, but they appear to be using them for foraging occasionally at least. 
There certainly isn't a lack of insects, and with the abundance of hollows in 
the old growth sections of mangroves I don't think it would be surprising to 
find the birds residing there.

Regards and good birding!

Nick Leseberg
Tropical Birding 

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