Feeding Times of Honeyeaters on Banksia ericifolia Inflorescences

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

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