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The invertebrate diets of small birds in Banksia woodland near Perth, W.A., during winter.

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Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae) were the most abundant birds in Banksia woodland in winter; all species ate insects. Short-billed honeyeaters and non-nectarivores took mostly beetles, ants and bugs by gleaning, whereas long-billed honeyeaters fed more on nectar and caught mostly flies and wasps by hawking. Short-billed species segregated in their foraging heights, prey types and sizes. Long-billed species, however, overlapped considerably in these respects and all took similar insects whose capture they may have had to subsidize with energy from nectar.

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