Menage a trois?

Our intruder, nick-named TG (transgender, because I was having difficulty with his gender) had been making regular appearances and, for some reason, after initial hissing and scuffling, Diamond at least seems to accept him.   I now think it’s a he based on colour of feet and eyes, lack of spots on chest, food-bringing behaviour and size (slightly bigger than Xavier, but quite a bit smaller than Diamond).

It’s speculation, of course, as none of our birds are banded (could not get animal ethics’ approval), but it’s possible that it is one of Diamond’s sons from a couple of years ago, called ‘Vim’ (short for viminalis, one of the local eucalypts).  I have no idea how an adult would recognise offspring, however, as the plumage is now quite different.  If anyone has any insight into longterm maternal behaviour, I’d love to know.

VIDEO  20180904 0514 TG and Di

TG on ledge – photo by Helios
TG with Diamond in the nest

 

I think that the earliest date for hatching is 19th September, but more likely 21-22 September.

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Cilla

2 thoughts

  1. The intruder seems to be spending a LOT of time on the ledge. Over 3 hours at one sitting yesterday and similar today. Xavier’s prey drops to Diamond have decreased markedly – one drop this morning (12 Sept) and I don’t think there was anything at all yesterday until evening. Is TG keeping Xavier away? Last night X almost fell upon his eggs with eagerness, but only had a short time on them before Diamond returned.

    I’m feeling a bit sorry for poor Xavier, as well as wondering what will happen when there are chicks to feed.

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