Red Wattlebird

Red Wattlebird
Backyard Creatures, Native Animals

The Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carnunculata) has fleshy red lobes or ‘wattles’ hanging from the neck and is one of Australia’s largest honeyeaters.

It has a musical call but makes a loud harsh squawk when other birds get too close to its feeding sites. It eats insects, berries and nectar which it collects from flowers with its long thin beak.

It has a grey-brown body with white streaks and a yellow patch on its underside. It has a long tail with a white tip.

It is found in forests, woodlands and urban gardens. Its nest is usually in trees or shrubs approximately two metres from the ground and is made from leaves, twigs, grasses and lined with animal fur and soft bark.