Maggie’s nest in a Tree Violet

Australian Magpies are well into their breeding cycle. They are a ubiquitous species, found in a variety of habitats from woodland to urban areas and plains country. They typically construct their nests high up in a eucalypt or exotic tree. In open habitats they will often next low to the ground, especially where the chosen site affords protection from predators. Tree Violet Melicytus dentatus, is a favourite nesting host – its bushy, spiky habit makes a perfect place to raise a family.

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Tree Violet with Australian Magpie Nest, Moolort Plains, 9th August 2014.

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Construction of sticks, grass stems, feathers and wool.

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The nest was placed approximately 1.2 metres above the ground.

Erratum: I hadn’t realised (or maybe forgotten) that Tree Violet is now Melicytus dentatus, changed from Hymenanthera dentatum. Thanks Frances!

2 responses to “Maggie’s nest in a Tree Violet

  1. francescincotta

    Another good reason to plant more tree violets! They are iust beginning to flower on my place and the fragrance from the tiny yellow flowers is delicious! By the way Geoff the scientific name has changed to Melicytus dentatus.

  2. Thanks Frankie … now fixed!
    Cheers, geoff

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