Family: Meliphagidae (Honeyeaters, 74 species in Australia)
Size: 31-39 cm
Distribution: Within several hundred km of the coast of NSW, VIC, the very southernmost lower eastern QLD and Eastern SA, southern WA
Habitat: Forests, woods, suburbs
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
The Red is common in parts of Sydney and many other areas. It is found in the Blue Mountains and is extremely common in the Upper Blue Mountains. It looks a lot like Little Wattlebird, but it has a red flap of skin under its eye (the "wattle"), and it is a lighter grey colour and looks less "spotted". Its underside has yellow colouring on it.
It has a very distinctive call, a bit like an old wooden cuckoo-clock (it imitates the ticking of the clock and also the cuckoo sound), which sometimes can go on for hours at a time.
Photo: Mick Stephenson, VIC. High Resolution (1750 x 1207).
Photo: Brett Donald.
Photo: Peripitus, SA. High Resolution 1492 x 1776).
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.
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