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little wattlebird

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Little Wattlebirds are prolific around the Coffs Coast, they are between 27-33cm and quite noisy and aggressive. Like the one captured here they love banksias and are common residents in coastal heath and woodlands in south-east mainland Australia and Tasmania.

little wattlebird

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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.

 

the proud parent

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You have to give it to this Little Wattlebird, the juvenile Eastern Koel incessantly demands food from its much smaller 'parent' and the Little Wattlebird works from dawn to dusk tirelessly bringing it food and watching over it.
You have to give it to this Little Wattlebird, the juvenile Eastern Koel incessantly demands food from its much smaller ‘parent’ and the Little Wattlebird works from dawn to dusk tirelessly bringing it food and watching over it.

a diligent wattlebird

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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.