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The Red Wattlebird, also known as Barkingbird or Gillbird, is the second largest honeyeater in Australia. It belongs to a group of birds found mainly in Australia and New Guinea which have highly developed brush-tipped tongues adapted for nectar feeding. The tongue is flicked rapidly and repeatedly into a flower, the upper mandible then compressing any liquid out when the bill is closed. They can display domineering and often aggressive behaviour towards other birds intruding on their territory.
This specimen was spotted in native bushland in Girraween National Park, near Bald Rock Creek. Close to a picnic area and camping ground, so these birds are fairly accustomed to people, although this one was a bit shy. Here's some park info - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girraween_N...
I've not seen this species since I moved from Sydney many years ago. I've never seen them in Brisbane, although I may not have been looking hard enough.
Spotted on Oct 15, 2014
Submitted on Nov 15, 2014