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Medium sized (30-35 cms) slender french grey coloured bird with white streaky feathers. Yellow belly with red wattles hanging down on either side of head at neck level. Slightly curved beak with a long dart-like bristly tongue. Very skittish and noisy. They threaten other birds with sharp clicks as they fly past.
forests, bush land and gardens. Honey eating and also eats small insects - hence seen where there are flowering plants. Seen eating insects off gum trees.
Have had several of these birds in our garden this year. Probably two broods this season. They have been feeding and training their young in our back yard - thoroughly enjoyable watching them protect their young. They seem to enjoy perching on the young silky oak tree ( Grevillea robusta) as you can see in one of the pictures. Sorry - photos are not good quality. These birds are fast moving but you can just make-out the wattles in one of the photos
Spotted on Nov 28, 2011
Submitted on Nov 28, 2011