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Cockateil at Neds Corner Station.  Photo: Peter Barnes

5 August 2013

Woodland bird numbers at Neds Corner Station on the increase

At Neds Corner Station a bird survey carried out in 2003 was repeated this year – 10 years on. The results show that more than double the numbers of Brown Treecreepers, Chestnut-crowned Babblers and Red-capped Robins have been recorded on the property. All of these species are woodland birds.

In woodland areas of the state, the Brown Treecreeper lives in tall eucalyptus. They generally avoid areas with a dense shrubby understorey. However, during the day the birds forage on the ground and on tree surfaces in small groups or pairs looking for ants, beetles or insect larvae. Brown Treecreeper’s nest in tree hollows with the breeding season lasting from July to February. The majority of the eggs are laid from September through to late October.

Another endemic bird to Australia, the Chestnut-crowned Babbler also lives in woodland areas. The Chestnut-crowned Babbler lives in large social groups ranging from four to approximately 50 birds. They feed, preen and dust-bath as a group. They are known for their noisy social activities among the woodland trees.

In the drier woodland areas lives the Red-capped Robin, a small native Australian bird with a striking red cap. While the brown female can be difficult to see, the male has a distinctive red cap and red breast, black upperparts, and a black tail with white tips. The make Red-capped Robin is unable to synthesize the red pigments itself and must rely on its food. Two red keto-carotenoid pigments, canthaxanthin and adonirubin, are responsible for creating the redness in the Red-capped Robin's plumage. The male moults once a year, after the breeding season, which takes place between December and April.

 

Red-capped Robin.  James Fitzsimons

 

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