|Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata
The Red Wattlebird is distributed in south-west, south and south-east mainland Australia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in eucalypt forest, woodlands, scrub, orchards and gardens.
|They are noisy and aggressive birds that feed on nectar, insects and insect larvae. Photo 5 shows a Red
Wattlebird eating an insect.
It has a red eye with a whitish cheek patch below which hangs a red wattle which varies in size as it gets older with age. The centre of the belly is yellow.
There are three sub-species. The nominate (photos 1, 2, 7 and 8) is very similar to the race A. c. woodwardi found from South Australia westwards (photos 4, 5, 9 and 10) except the latter is smaller with a shorter tail.
|The race A. c. clelandi is found on Kangaroo Island. Its back is a dusky grey, the white feather shafts on
the back are narrower and the cheek patch is smaller and less white. Photo 3 was taken on Kangaroo Island but this looks like a young bird.
Photo 6 shows an immature bird with very small wattles and a shorter bill.
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