One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The largest of the honeyeaters found in Australia, with a wattle hanging from each cheek.
Genus Anthochaera (and Melidectes), family Meliphagidae: four species
- ‘The red wattlebird moves about quickly and acrobatically within the tree.’
- ‘From there she can watch red wattlebirds sip the indigo evening and goshawks, white as salt, hunt geckoes in the scrub, the sea a blue presence in her imaginings.’
- ‘The yellow wattlebird occurs in eucalypt forest and woodland.’
- ‘With its striated colouration of dark brown, white and grey, the red wattlebird is so named because of the flap of bright red skin on each side of the neck beneath a bare grey area.’
- ‘The image at lower left, is a wattlebird in full voice, declaring to others of its species and perhaps to other honeyeaters, ‘this site is occupied’.’
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