a pair of figbirds

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P1160269Figbirds are Orioles, the stocky cousin of the longer-tailed bird, but with a pleasant warbling song. They are sociable birds and usually like to travel in flocks, but this pair has been appearing on the wild tobacco tree on their own. The female has a streaked breast and brown/olive green back. You can just see the male below her with his black head and red/pink skin rimming his eye. This earlier post captures his face front on. Two forms occur, this pair belong to the southern form as the male had a grey breast and green abdomen. The other type is the northern form, where the males have a yellow breast and a yellow abdomen. The females of the two forms are undistinguishable.


the figbirds

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This little lady is a figbird, she is the dumpy cousin in the oriole family and is about 28 cm long. Though usually seen in flocks I have only seen her around with her mate. They have been visiting the wild tobacco trees on the edge of the nature reserve and they also like native fig-trees, white cedars and introduced pepper-trees. They like to nest in a favourite paperbark or fig and their nest resembles a loosely put together cup of vine-stems up high in the outer branches where they lay 2-3 spotted or blotched green-brown eggs. This male moves very quickly and they only stay briefly so I haven’t been able to get a good clear photo of the male as yet, while I was trying he swivelled his head right around and gave me the LOOK.