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5 Things you may or may not know about Common Bronzewings

5 Things you may or may not know about Common Bronzewings | Wednesday, 1 February 2023

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5 Things you may or may not know about Common Bronzewings

  1. The Common Bronzewing is nothing if not adaptable: they occur in the arid inland of Australia as well as in regions that receive high rainfall, such as parts of North Queensland and Tasmania; they also live in areas that experience extremes of heat and cold conditions.
  2. Although the deep, low-pitched booming call of the Common Bronzewing can be distinguished from a similar call of the Brush Bronzewing, it is sometimes confused with a booming call given by Painted Button-quails.
  3. The Common Bronzewing’s nest is a frail collection of sticks. The structure is often so sparse that it’s possible to see the bird’s eggs through the gaps.
  4. In flight, Common Bronzewings have a top speed of more than 60 km/h.
  5. They were formerly shot, both for sport and food; during World War 2, it was said that the population of Common Bronzewings in the Mallee increased because supplies of ammunition were restricted!