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Little wattlebird pair Found in coastal and sub-coastal east/south-east of this country. <br />
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The little wattlebird is a medium sized honeyeater, but is the smallest of the wattlebirds. It is mostly dark grey-brown above, with faint white shafts on each of the feathers. The underparts are grey and are heavily streaked with white. In flight, there is a large rufous patch in the wings. The eye is blue-grey. The sexes look similar. <br />
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25 cm length Anthochaera chrysoptera,Australia,Aves,Geotagged,Little Wattlebird,Meliphagidae,Passeriformes,Summer,brush wattlebird,fauna,new south wales,vertebrate Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Little wattlebird pair

Found in coastal and sub-coastal east/south-east of this country.

The little wattlebird is a medium sized honeyeater, but is the smallest of the wattlebirds. It is mostly dark grey-brown above, with faint white shafts on each of the feathers. The underparts are grey and are heavily streaked with white. In flight, there is a large rufous patch in the wings. The eye is blue-grey. The sexes look similar.

25 cm length

    comments (9)

  1. This is not just beautiful , it also tells a story about the Little Wattlebird within their natural environment. Posted 10 months ago
    1. So glad you enjoyed Ernst. I find them a lot more flighty than the red wattlebirds, more nervous and won't let me get as close, have you found that? Posted 10 months ago
    2. Ruth,I think that there are amazing photos put up on Jungle Dragon over a year and sometimes I think that a yearly judging of the best photo or photos over a year would add a bit of excitement to the website. Your image of the little wattlebirds would do very well. Yes I agree with you that this species is very timid or exeptionaly cautious . Posted 10 months ago
  2. Beautiful image- it reminds me of artwork by Ernst Haeckel. Posted 10 months ago
    1. Do you know Christine, as I looked at this before posting, I said to myself, 'where have I seen that before? That coupling of birds, classic posture, that moment in time captured?'. Was still thinking about it before I went to bed. Thank you! You've nailed it, of course. The ornithology books from years past and especially Haeckel. Posted 10 months ago
      1. Art in nature <3. Posted 10 months ago
  3. The contrast and sharpness on this birds is mesmerizing. Posted 10 months ago
    1. It's smashing isn't it Ferdy. I love to see them in flight also, the contrast of the plumage evident then as well. No flashy colours required! Posted 10 months ago
  4. That's a lovely composition Ruth and they look lovely liquid birds!!
    Posted 10 months ago

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The Little Wattlebird , also known as the Brush Wattlebird, is a honeyeater, a passerine bird in the family Meliphagidae. It is found in coastal and sub-coastal south-eastern Australia.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Jan 11, 2021. Captured Jan 10, 2021 16:31 in 71 Woodward St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/10.0
  • 10/3200s
  • ISO320
  • 300mm