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Food of the Mistletoebird near Pumicestone Passage, south-eastern Queensland.


The diet of the Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum was studied near Beerburrum, south-eastern Queensland. by examination of material voided by 92 birds over a three-year period.  Between late December and June, the basic food of the few birds present in the area is fruit of the Viscaceous mistletoe Notothixos subaureus.  Mistletoebirds congregate in the area between July and November to feed on the fruits of the Loranthaceous mistletoe Amyema cambagei.  Epicarps of neither fruit are eaten.  Material voided did not contain the chitinous remains of arthropods.

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