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Anthochaera carunculata: Red Wattlebird

This noisy bird is named for the fleshy red wattle hanging from the side of its neck. At around 35 cm, the Red Wattlebird is the second-largest honeyeater in Australia, surpassed in size by Tasmania’s Yellow Honeyeater.


A pair of these birds usually accompany me on my morning walk with Vika – flying from tree to tree, but never pausing long enough in the light for photos. The other morning, I almost didn’t notice until too late.


They breed from July to December and they might produce two broods per season. They only lay two to three eggs at a time. Last year, two chicks were raised in the nearby pine tree, but it was before I had the bigger lens for the Nikon DSLR so taking photos was really a waste of time – not that that stopped me from trying.

I wonder if they will return to the same nest. Hope so, as it was low enough to see the birds on the nest.

Time will tell. Thanks for looking. Do have a good day!



I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

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