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The Invertebrate Diets of Small Birds in Banksia Woodland Near Perth, W.a., During Winter.

KJ Tullis, MC Calver and RD Wooller

Australian Wildlife Research 9(2) 303 - 309
Published: 1982


Honeyeaters were the most abundant birds in Banksia woodland in winter, and all species ate insects. Short-billed honeyeaters and non-nectarivores took mostly beetles, ants and bugs by gleaning, whereas long-billed honeyeaters fed more on nectar and caught mostly flies and wasps by hawking. Short-billed species segregated in their foraging heights, prey types and sizes. Long-billed species, however, overlapped considerably in these respects and all took similar small insects whose capture they may have had to subsidize with energy from nectar.

Full text doi:10.1071/WR9820303

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