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The Little Wattlebird is a small brown bird that resides in coastal heath and woodland in the south-east part of Australia, including Tasmania. It makes an incessant chuckling sound that I like, though apparently the early explorers thought it unpleasant compared with their familiar northern songbirds.
Little Wattlebird, one of the Honeyeaters, conceals itself in the foliage of a Banksia tree.
Juvenile Eastern Koel chick demanding food from its adopted Little Wattlebird mother.
The juvenile Eastern Koel I have been tracking for Birdlife Australia (a public survey to learn more about the Koel’s habits) seems healthy and happy, growing steadily under the dutiful care of its ‘adopted’ mother the Little Wattlebird. Like most cuckoos the Eastern Koel lays its egg in another birds nest and on hatching the juvenile Koel pushes any other eggs/fledglings out and becomes the sole recipient of food. Much needed given it grows much bigger than its new parent.