Gouldian Finch and Peaceful Dove preening

To: Denise Goodfellow <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Gouldian Finch and Peaceful Dove preening
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:56:19 +1000
Hi Denise and all,

Last November at Glen Davis (Capertee Valley, NSW) I saw two babblers preening each other. Not unusual, except that this was a White-browed and a Grey-crowned. Both seemed to have lost their respective family groups at the time. (Or perhaps they had eloped together...) I have a fuzzy photo of the two birds together if anyone is interested.



At 2:01 PM +0930 15/8/12, Denise Goodfellow wrote:
While guiding recently I spotted a group of birds in a tree - Masked,
Long-tailed and Gouldian finches, and Peaceful Doves.  A Peaceful Dove and
male Gouldian were sitting very close together, preening each other.  Bruce
Richardson was able to take several photos of this occurrence.   I'd never
seen this behaviour before among wild birds and wondered if birding-Aussers
knew of any  literature on inter-species preening.

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
1/7 Songlark Street,
Bakewell, NT 0832
043 8650 835


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