The Eastern spinebill inhabits shrubs in open eucalypt forests as well as shrubland, heathland and suburban gardens. These honeyeaters can also be seen actively darting about after flying insects.
We don't have hummingbirds here in Australia, but with its diminutive size and hovering flight, this has a delightful similarity.
Male 15 cm body length
The Eastern Spinebill is a species of honeyeater found in south-eastern Australia in forest and woodland areas, as well as gardens in urban areas of Sydney and Melbourne. It is around 15 cm long, and has a distinctive black, white and chestnut plumage, a red eye, and a long downcurved bill.