Eastern Spinebill

07th May 2017
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Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (16 to 17cm)

The active and colourful Eastern Spinebill honeyeater frequents flowering trees and shrubs in forest, woodlands and many gardens in Nungurner where it is attracted to native and exotic flowering plants.

Immature birds lack the bold patterns on the throat and breast, being olive brown above and olive-cinnamon below. It feeds on nectar as well as small insects and its wings make a purring sound as it flits between bushes.

Breeding mainly spring-summer, its nest is usually a well-concealed delicate cup suspended in the foliage of shrubs or trees.

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