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Little Wattlebird

(Anthochaera chrysoptera)
Alternate name(s): "Brush Wattlebird", "Mock Gillbird", "Mocker", "Mock Wattlebird", "Cookay-cock", "Biddyquock"
Size: 27-31 cm
Weight: 62 g (average)

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Little Wattlebird at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "chrysoptera"

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ADULT

Close-up portrait of a Little Wattlebird
[Cape Byron, NSW, May 2014]

Near-frontal portrait of a Little Wattlebird
[Urunga, NSW, August 2015]

Near-frontal view of a Little Wattlebird (photo courtesy of C. Kellenberg)
[Point Plomer, Limeburners Creek NE, NSW, February 2009]

Frontal view of a Little Wattlebird with a bill dusted with pollen (photo courtesy of I. Duncan)
[Melbourne Botanical Gardens, VIC, July 2012]

Little Wattlebird feasting on the flowers of a grevillea
[Hat Head, NSW, January 2011]

Little Wattlebird checking whether all is safe! First to the right...
[Hat Head, NSW, January 2011]

... then to the left
[Hat Head, NSW, January 2011]

Close-up lateral view of a Little Wattlebird in a coastal banksia
[Point Plomer, Limeburners Creek NP, NSW, October 2013]

Lateral view of a Little Wattlebird
[Bouddi NP, NSW, June 2009]

Race "tasmanica"

ADULT

Near-lateral view of a Little Wattlebird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Peter Merrill Reserve, near Kingston, TAS, March 2016]

Race "halmaturina"

No photos of this race are available yet. However, see below for sound recordings.

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial/ communal Mobility: Dispersive Elementary unit: Pair/flock

 

Little Wattlebirds are territorial, but can feed in areas with flowering trees in large numbers.

Food, Diet

Like many other honeyeaters, Little Wattlebirds do not exclusively feed on nectar, but use their sticky tongue to take insects too. Also known to take fruit. For gathering nectar, they have a preference for banksia flowers.

Close-up view of a Little Wattlebird feeding on the nectar of a coastal banksia
[Cape Byron, NSW, May 2014]

Close-up lateral view of a Little Wattlebird feeding on the nectar of a coastal banksia
[Point Plomer, Limeburners Creek NP, NSW, October 2013]

Lateral view of a Little Wattlebird feeding on the nectar of a coastal banksia
[NSW Central Coast, NSW, June 2011]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

litwatt_20140526.mp3 chrysoptera
(NE NSW)
Contact call © MD
litwatt_20140526_2.mp3 chrysoptera
(NE NSW)
Contact calls © MD
litwatt_20140525_6.mp3 chrysoptera
(NE NSW)
Various © MD
litwatt_20140525_2.mp3 chrysoptera
(NE NSW)
Various © MD
litwatt_20140525_3.mp3 chrysoptera
(NE NSW)
Various © MD
litwatt_20140525_5.mp3 chrysoptera
(NE NSW)
Various © MD
litwatt_20140525_7.mp3 chrysoptera
(NE NSW)
Various © MD
litwatt_20150818.mp3 chrysoptera
(NE NSW)
Various © MD
 
litwatt_jg_20160325.mp3 halmaturina
(Kangaroo Island)
Territorial call? © JG

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