Riflemen nest in tree holes or other secure cavities. Males make several nests before the female chooses one to help complete. This nest awaits its lining of soft material – moss, fern roots, leaf skeletons, feathers and spider webs. Birds stay paired year after year, usually raising two clutches of about four chicks.
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