Double-eyed fig parrot nest behaviour

To: Alan Gillanders <>
Subject: Double-eyed fig parrot nest behaviour
From: "Donald G. Kimball" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:17:08 -0700
Great information folks!  As per Allan Gillanders comment about them
excavating new every year.  I noted that this active cavity was the third
one from the top.  The oldest being decrepid and the dead snag actually
broke off where it had been.  Hope to get back to Aus (next year?) and
check it out.  Was so super excited to see my first active Fig Parrot nest!


On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 12:03 AM, Alan Gillanders <
> wrote:

> It is my belief that they use new hollows every year. After the initial
> excavations the female does all the work. Sometimes this is under strict
> supervision but some male display more confidence in her ability. I have
> never witnessed an old hollow being used a second time. During the nesting
> season they collect eucalypt leaves from my trees and fly with them towards
> the forest. As I have not seen them take those leaves into the nests I
> refrain from saying they line the nests with them but...
> Regards,
> Alan
> Alan's Wildlife Tours
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> -----Original Message----- From: Donald G. Kimball
> Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:34 PM
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Double-eyed fig parrot nest behaviour
> I have had great fun watching a Fig Parrot at a nest cavity in Cairns over
> the past couple of days.  I dont have a copy of Hanzab handy so I dont have
> a reference to answer this question.  Do Fig Parrots re-use the cavity they
> have excavated or create a new one each year?  Many thanks
> Don
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