Feeding Times of Honeyeaters on Banksia ericifolia Inflorescences

Feeding times of honeyeaters on Banksia ericlfolia inflorescences were studied. Territorial Red Wattlebirds Anthochaera carunculata had a significantly longer mean feeding time/ inflorescence than non-territorial (opportunistic) individuals, and there were large differences between those of opportunistically foraging Eastern Spinebills Acanthorhynchus tenulrostris, New Holland Honeyeaters Phylidonyris novaehollandiae and Crescent Honeyeaters P. pyrrhoptera. Reasons for these differences are discussed, as are the distribution ranges and standard deviations of the visiting times of each species.

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