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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

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

    Reply • 06 Mar

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

    Reply • 07 Mar

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

      Reply • 07 Mar

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

      Reply • 09 Mar

  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

  5. David Francis  id by Lawrie Conole

    Reply • 07 Mar

  6. David Francis  Buds on tree match Eucalyptus goniocalyx

    Reply • 07 Mar

  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

  8. Andrew Brown  Which sub species though?

    Reply • 07 Mar

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

    Reply • 08 Mar