08 April, 2012

Little Wattlebird

Scientific Name: Anthochaera chrysoptera

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Endemic to Australia where found in shrubland of the southeast.

Field Notes: Large passerine with long tail and long curved bill of the honeyeaters. Overall brown with white stippling on breast and silvery ear patch. Does not overlap in range with Western Wattlebird. Lacks the wattles of Red Wattlebird or Yellow Wattlebird.

Personal Notes: Seen initially at Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne and then later at North Head near Manly and Ben Boyd National Park. Some sources differentiate between the Little Wattlebird and Brush Wattlebird.

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