Pale Headed Rosella Nesting

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Woko
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What a marvelous contribution, Brian. With nesting hollows being destroyed at a fast clip bird species which depend on them need all the help they can get. 

DaveF
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Not trying to hijack the thread but I'd like to add my experience with these beautiful birds.

Some 12 months ago I placed a nest box high up in the eaves at the back of the house. It took a while but eventually a pair of pale headeds began to visit more and more often to the point where at this point in time one bird (presumably the female) spends most of the day inside the box. The other bird visits maybe 4 or 5 times a day and they fly off together. 

What is perplexing is that for the last two or three days, almost right on dusk the male arrives and they fly off together. Try as I might I cannot see if the female comes back but unless they fly at night, the nest is empty overnight.

Has anyone seen this behaviour in their own locale? Surely if she has laid anything the egg(s) wouldn't cope with the lack of warmth overnight? I would assume that the breeding imperative would be paramount but maybe as first timers......?

Woko
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You can be justifiably proud of your achievement, Brian. With so many of our old growth trees & their hollows being destroyed  birds which require hollows for their breeding need all the help they can get. 

It seems the Pale-headed Rosellas in your area feel quite secure in using your nest boxes. Nice.

DaveF
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From our observations I am confident that our resident PHR has hatchlings, or very near so. Over the last couple of days the male has arrived three or four times a day and the female is away for no more than 10 minutes at a time, flying back into the nest box directly, wasting no time in entering.

Fingers crossed that we see the results at some stage and that they don't fly off while we're at work! The local butcher birds and kookaburras are also vitally interested:

Woko
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A healthy biodiversity should enable the Pale-headed Rosellas to sustain their population notwithstanding any predations from Kookaburras & Butcherbirds.

DaveF
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So far so good, here she is keeping an eye on our dogs in the back yard. The nest box is effectively 3 stories off the ground but they're still wary.

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