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|This is a noisy friarbird that I happened to find on a nest with chicks that had already hatched. After the adult had left the nest it was possible to see that there were three chicks as they all started craning their necks above the rim of the nest waiting in anticipation for their next meal. The chicks were still quite young as their eyes were not yet open.|
The noisy friarbird is relatively common and widespread across eastern Australia and is found in woodlands and open forests. All the friarbirds (except the little friarbird) have a characteristic knob on their upper bill (which you can make out in the photo). They are members of the honeyeater family (Meliphagidae) but do supplement their nectarivorous diet with insects as well.
The cup shaped nests are quite distinctive for the honeyeaters in general and females will use a variety of materials to construct the nest (including, spiders web, mammalian hair, twigs, bark). Clutches of two to three eggs are normally laid during the breeding season which lasts from July through to January.
Source: Simpson & Day 1993. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia.
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- [2007-01-27 11:02]
impressive picture and welcome to treknature.com!
Good composition, nice colors and informative text,
- [2007-01-28 3:10]
I like your photo,good colourful composition.
Welcome to TN,
you start with a nice picture.
Nice colours, good POV and a very good note.
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