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Yellow Wattlebird

(Anthochaera paradoxa)
Alternate name(s): "Wattle-bird*", "Long-wattle Bird", "Tasmanian Wattlebird"
Size: 38-48 cm
Weight: 105-210 g

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

Physical description

Click here for a physical description

Taxonomy, classification

See Yellow Wattlebird at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

Click here for information on habitat and range

Sightings

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Photos

Race "paradoxa"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of an adult Yellow Wattlebird; note the long wattles with their orange tips (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Hobart, TAS, March 2016]

Frontal view of a Yellow Wattlebird issuing its call (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Hobart, TAS, March 2016]

Near-frontal view of a Yellow Wattlebird letting its wattles fly (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Lateral view of a Yellow Wattlebird (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Queen Elizabeth Track, Bruny Island, TAS, April 2021]

Lateral view of a Yellow Wattlebird issuing its call; note the tapered length of the tail feathers (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Hobart, TAS, March 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Yellow Wattlebird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Bruny Island, TAS, March 2016]

Dorsal view of a Yellow Wattlebird looking back over its shoulder (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mt. Nelson, Hobart, TAS, April 2021]

Dorsal view of a Yellow Wattlebird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Hobart, TAS, March 2016]

Dorsal view of a Yellow Wattlebird issuing its call (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Hobart, TAS, March 2016]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Jul - Apr Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: ca. 16 days Fledging age: ca. 21 days

Yellow Wattlebirds usually have two broods per season.

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Basket Material: Twigs, bark, with fine grass and feather lining Height above ground: 2 - 20 m

Lateral view of a Yellow Wattlebird at its nest (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Yellow Wattlebird delivering food to its chick (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Yellow Wattlebird feeding its chick (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Yellow Wattlebird feeding its chick first from one side (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Yellow Wattlebird feeding its chick now from the other side (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 36 x 24 mm Colour: Creamy, with brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

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.

yelwatt_me_20210919.m4a paradoxa
(S TAS)
Contact calls © ME

More Yellow Wattlebird sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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