Figbirds nesting in a shopping centre carpark

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Subject: Figbirds nesting in a shopping centre carpark
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2012 14:20:39 +1000
One of my local shopping centres (in Brisbane) has tipuanas (or similar) as shade trees in its carpark. As I was loading some shopping bags I noticed movement a few metres away on one of the lower branches. A male figbird was feeding lilly pilly fruits to some day old hatchlings. It flew off and was replaced by the female which continued to feed fruit to the hatchlings. (I have currawongs scoffing the lilly pilly fruit in my back yard). It was cute watching the little upstretched bills begging for more food - they were like wide-angled venus fly traps ...

Anyhow, it struck me as interesting that fig birds would choose a low branch (only a couple of metres off the ground) on a weed species in a shopping centre carpark for a nest site - not sure if they chose it because it was a vacant territory with access to food or because the risk of predation might be lower ...

Regards, Laurie.

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