White-breasted Woodswallows roosting

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Willis was in Darwin, Australia in January 2009 when he was at the carpark of Casuarina Mall, the biggest mall in Darwin…

“Every evening, hundreds of lorikeets and to a lesser extent, White-breasted Woodswallows (Artamus leucorynchus), come in to roost at the carpark… Although photographically very cluttered and not possible to get a good shot, it was quite funny observing them fighting for best position.”

White-breasted Woodswallows are more sociable that other woodswallows. They often cram together in groups of 10-50, sitting side by side along a branch, often preening one another. This is how they roost at night, under foliage. They seldom land on the ground, catching insects on the wing.

Reference:
Schodde, R. & S. C. Tidemann (eds.), 1986. Reader’s Digest, complete book of Australian birds.Reader’s Digest, Sydney. 639 pp. (2nd ed.)

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