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Mistletoebird ( Male )

Dicaeum hirundinaceum

Description:

The small Mistletoebird is the only Australian representative of the flowerpecker family, Dicaeidae, and is also known as the Australian Flowerpecker. Males have a glossy blue-black head, wings and upperparts, a bright red throat and chest, a white belly with a central dark streak and a bright red undertail. Females are grey above, white below, with a grey streak on the belly, and a paler red undertail. Young birds resemble females but are paler and have an orange, rather than dark, bill. These birds are swift and erratic fliers, moving singly or in pairs, usually high in or above the canopy.

Habitat:

The Mistletoebird is found wherever mistletoe grows and is important in the dispersal of this plant species

Notes:

Feeding: The Mistletoebird is highly adapted to its diet of mistletoe berries. It lacks the muscular gizzard (food-grinding organ) of other birds, instead having a simple digestive system through which the berries pass quickly, digesting the fleshy outer parts and excreting the sticky seeds onto branches. The seed can then germinate quickly into a new plant. In this way, the Mistletoebird ensures a constant supply of its main food. It will also catch insects, mainly to provide food for its young. Breeding: The Mistletoebird builds a silky, pear-shaped nest with a slit-like entrance, made from matted plant down and spider web, which is suspended from a twig in the outer foliage of a tree. The female alone builds the nest and incubates the eggs, while both sexes feed the young.

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24 Comments

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Shanna

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

Gorgeous Mac.

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks, AliHp, Noel, Satyen & Jared

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Karen L

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Beautiful!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Leanne, interesting little guys aren't they

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Really beautiful capture MacC & great info too. I learnt something today that i never knew :)

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Yuko

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Stunning capture! Just beautiful!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Ashish, Nuwan & Jeannette

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

gorgeous !

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Sweet spotting...

Jeannette
Jeannette 8 years ago

I think with a converter you need a tripod as it gets more difficult to not get shaken photos.

Nice shot :)

ok. just wondering. thanks. by the way great photo!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

I would recomend it Kalee, I haven't had any issues

other than extra zoom i mean

hey. even i have the 70-300. i would like to know whether adding a converter would give some side effects to the photos

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

70-300 with a 1.4 converter Jared

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

What size lens did you use to shoot this picture?

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago

nice...

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Beautiful spot!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Satyen & Jared

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Beautiful Mac!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

Great Photo!

MacChristiansen
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MacChristiansen

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jan 9, 2013
Submitted on Jan 9, 2013

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