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A robin´s nest made (almost) entirely of moss


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Pharo, EJ and Meagher, D 2011 , 'A robin´s nest made (almost) entirely of moss' , Australasian Bryological Newsletter, vol. 59, no. Octobe , p. 24 .

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While we were struggling through
some Mountain Ash forest near
Powelltown in Victoria, lightly burnt
in 2009 (the forest, not us), we came
across this extraordinarily tiny robin´s
nest on a branch of an Olearia
argophylla. Except for a few strands
of grass, it was woven entirely from
Thuidiopsis sparsa, which was not
otherwise present at the site.
We assume that the bird(s)
deliberately harvested the moss from
off the site, knowing it would be
suitable for a nest. Although the nest
was woven quite loosely it was very
strong, probably because of the
spikiness of the moss and the way the
branches intertwine when they are
wrapped about each other. The
attachment to the branch was by way
of numerous strands wrapped around
the main branch and a smaller
divergent branch.
We now call this species ‘Velcro

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Pharo, EJ and Meagher, D
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Bryological Newsletter
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