08 April, 2012

Red Wattlebird

Scientific Name: Anthochaera carunculata

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Endemic to Australia where found in forests and shrubland of the southern part of the country.

Field Notes: Large passerine with long tail and curved bill of the honeyeaters. Overall brown with white stippling on breast and yellow belly.  Silvery ear patch, red eyes and red wattle. Male and females similar; but juveniles with less distinctive wattle. Western Wattlebird and Little Wattlebird do not have wattles. Yellow Wattlebird with, well, yellow wattles.

Personal Notes: Seen at Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne

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