Green tree ant Oecophylla smaragdina (Fabricius) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) used for anting activity by Chestnut Breasted Mannikin

Valentine, Peter S. (2007) Green tree ant Oecophylla smaragdina (Fabricius) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) used for anting activity by Chestnut Breasted Mannikin. The Sunbird , 37 (1). pp. 9-11.

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Abstract

I frequently observed individual and social anting behaviour in flocks of Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Lonchura castaneothorax, that visited riparian areas of the upper Bohle River in Townsville regularly from May to December 2006. What is quite remarkable is that the behaviour involved both passive and active anting with the green tree ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) a very aggressive weaver ant confined to tropical coastal and sub-coastal environments across Australia (Lokkers, 1986). This is a first report of the green tree ant being used by an Australian bird and the first record of the Chestnut-breasted Mannikin engaging in anting.

Item ID: 1760
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Lonchura castaneothorax, green tree ant, Oecophylla smaragdina, anting, Australia, Townsville
ISSN: 1037-258X
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2007
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060808 Invertebrate Biology @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060302 Biogeography and Phylogeography @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 51%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 49%
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