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Mistletoebird (male)

Dicaeum hirundinaceum hirundinaceum

Description:

The beautiful male Mistletoebirds have "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." (Birdlife Australia: https://www.birdlife.org.au/bird-profile... )

Habitat:

Perched at his vantage point about 2-3m (6.6-9.8ft) above the bird bath. Plenty of company from Double-barred Finches (Taeniopygia bichenovii), Long-tailed Finches (Poephila acuticauda acuticauda), Peaceful Doves (Geopelia striata placida), a couple of Great Bowerbirds (Chlamydera nuchalis), and a bunch of other bird species in the garden at Goombaragin on the Dampier Peninsula.

Notes:

Mistletoebirds are the "only Australian representative of the flowerpecker family, Dicaeidae." (Birdlife Australia) Interesting short read by the Australian National Botanical Garden about the relationship between the bird and the plant: (https://www.anbg.gov.au/mistletoe/mistle... ) An old(ish) article by the Sydney Morning Herald also about the relationship between the bird and the plant: (https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/mis... )

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Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Nov 16, 2020
Submitted on Nov 22, 2020

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