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Bird Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea)

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Common Name: Apostlebird

Scientific Name: Struthidea cinerea

Family: Corcoracidae

Order: Passeriformes

Other Names: Lousy Jacks (due to heavy louse infestations), Happy Jacks, Happy Families and CWA Birds. The latter name is mildly derogatory, referring to the supposed resemblance of Apostlebird's constant chatter to a Country Womens assosiation meeting.

Distribution: The Apostlebird is found in eastern Australia in inland areas from lower Cape York Peninsula, Queensland to northern Victoria and from Naracoorte to Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia. There is also an isolated population in the Elliott and Katherine areas, Northern Territory.

Habitat: Open forest, woodlands and scrub

Field Notes: The Apostlebird is a medium-sized dark grey bird with a short strong bill, brown wings and black tail. It is normally seen in groups of 8 - 14 birds, and is usally seen on the ground. It belongs to the group of birds known as 'mud-nesters', noted for their communal life style and their bowl nests constructed of mud and plant fibres. harsh chattering

Photo by Auscraft, 2011. My Yard, QLD

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This is what apostle birds do when its raining and cool out.

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Find a veranda and snuggle.Nobody wants to be on the end.
 

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Nest

The nest is a large mud bowl, placed on a horizontal branch 3 - 20 m high, and reinforced and lined with grass. All members of a group assist with nest building, as well as feeding of nestlings, while only the adults usually incubate the eggs. More than one female may lay eggs in the same nest.
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They are called Apostlebirds because they "always" form family group with 12 birds !

(... well perhaps 8 - 14 as you say, but they zoom around so much it can be hard to count)
 

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Hatchlings

Hi all
thought some of you may enjoy seeing this years hatchings. To watch these birds care and feed thier young is a fantastic experience. All birds help feed the littlies and I am sure they appreciate birds don't have teeth. And to watch the feeding line proceed would put any of the top pit crews at Bathurst to SHAME.

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Believe it or not there are 4 chicks in this tiny nest.
 

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Nice shots. Looks crowded!

The chicks have a orange yellow lining to the mouth, this persists until the birds are almost adult size, so you can often tell the juveniles hen they open their mouth.
 

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They are a really social and interesting bird. I have great memories of them around my campsites on trips inland away from the coast.

Thanks for the post.

KB
 

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Here a few apostle birds (about 7 or 8) are mobbing a goanna. Goannas are voracious nest raiders, but seem to be put of by the constant harrassment.
Goannas are easy to find in sclerophyll forest, birds like these, and noisy miners too, give them away every time they try to move.
 
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