Dusky Woodswallow domestic arrangements

Subject: Dusky Woodswallow domestic arrangements
From: Graeme Chapman <>
Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2012 17:52:43 +1100
Hello John,

In Canberra Bird Notes of June 2000, Ian Rowley reported on his colour-banding 
study of a small population of Dusky Woodswallows out at Geary's Gap near Lake 

This is quite a long paper to appear in Canberra Bird Notes and rightfully 
belongs in a journal with a wider readership, like Corella. I noted also in 
Hanzab references to a paper of his in Proceedings of the International 
Ornithological Congress 1976 which I haven't seen.

If you don't have older copies of Canberra Bird Notes, simply Google "Rowley 
Dusky Woodswallow" and you'll find a PDF of the paper - the short answer to 
your question is that groups of three are usually a pair + an offspring from 
the previous year.

This sort of arrangement occurs elsewhere in the Artamidae - Grey Butcherbirds 
occur mainly as pairs but occasionally as threes - Pied Butcherbirds often as  
threes or sometimes fours and with Australian Magpies,  that is where the story 
really starts!!



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