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Description

Beautifully made little nest hanging in the outer branches of a small Bundy eucalypt about 6 ft off the ground. Made from mainly spider webs woven together. Most likely either a buff-rumped or a Yellow Thornbill as both have been observed in the area.

Date & Time

  2017-03-04 08:58 AM

Location

  -36.784543 , 144.371434 : 227.738 m

Near Junortoun VIC 3551, Australia

Discussion

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  1. David Francis  Possibly a Mistletoe bird's nest. Looks close to a mistletoe bird nest we saw at Crusoe Res, Kangaroo Flat. I'll upload my photo.

    Reply • 06 Mar 2017

  2. David Francis  See https://natureshare.org.au/observations/58bd0788ed2a893890002b98

    Reply • 06 Mar 2017

  3. Lawrie Conole  Acanthizidae - thornbill or Weebill I'd suggest. Less 'sock-like' than the Mistletoebird nest shown above.

    Reply • 07 Mar 2017

    • David Francis  Yes, I see the difference. Probably worth iding as Acanthizidae sp.

      Reply • 07 Mar 2017

    • Lawrie Conole  On the balance of probabilities I'd go for Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Ananthiza chrysorrhoa).

      Reply • 09 Mar 2017

  4. David Francis  I'll have to add Acanthizidae spp. to the NS database and at the same time correct the classification for this group which is currently under Pardalotidae. Don't know how this would have happened.

    Reply • 07 Mar 2017

  5. David Francis  id by Lawrie Conole

    Reply • 07 Mar 2017

  6. David Francis  Buds on tree match Eucalyptus goniocalyx

    Reply • 07 Mar 2017

  7. Andrew Brown  Thanks David, I suspected a thornbill as they are plentiful in this area and thanks for the eucy id as I thought it was a bundy but was not 100%.

    Reply • 07 Mar 2017

  8. Andrew Brown  Which sub species though?

    Reply • 07 Mar 2017

  9. David Francis  going on the location, it would be Eucalyptus goniocalyx subsp. goniocalyx (see VicFlora)

    Reply • 08 Mar 2017

  10. Andrew Brown  Yellow-Rumped Thornbill nest-"The nest is usually in the dense foliage of trees, near the end of branches or in vines or mistletoe. " Buff-Rumped Thornbill nest-"The nest is often in a crack behind loose bark on a tree trunk or in a crevice or hole in a tree trunk. It can also be on the ground, in tussock, in a tree fork, or in a shrub." (from-http://www.birdsinbackyards.net) So this is more likely to be the Yellow-Rumped Thornbill's nest?

    Reply • 02 Apr 2017

    • David Francis  Lawrie and your research seems to be agreeing on Yellow-rumped Thornbill, so you could update the id.

      Reply • 02 Apr 2017

      • Andrew Brown  Will do so David but still could be wrong of-course.

        Reply • 02 Apr 2017




NS Observation No. 58BB8689ED2A89389000279C
Created 2017-03-05 09:39 PM (about 1 year ago)
Created By Andrew Brown
Updated 2017-04-02 06:43 PM (about 1 year ago)
Updated By Andrew Brown
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