Little Wattlebird (species: Anthochaera (Anthochaera) chrysoptera) in Saltwater NP (Gaia Guide)
Anthochaera (Anthochaera) chrysoptera
Little Wattlebird


©Nick Talbot: Brush Wattlebird (Anthochaera (Anthochaera) chrysoptera)

©Michael Jefferies: Brush Wattlebird (Anthochaera (Anthochaera) chrysoptera)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Meliphagidae
Genus Anthochaera
Species Anthochaera (Anthochaera) chrysoptera
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is a medium to large honeyeater, but the smallest wattlebird. The appearance is similar to the Yellow Wattlebird and the Red Wattlebird. However, it lacks the wattles which characterise the wattlebirds.

Juveniles are duller with less streaking and have a browner eye. (Wikipedia)


  • From 26 cm to 33 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Brush Wattlebird (Anthochaera (Anthochaera) chrysoptera)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found in Banksia/Eucalypt woodlands, heathlands, tea-tree scrub, sandplain-heaths, lantana thickets, wild tobacco, parks and gardens. (Wikipedia)


They feed on nectar obtained with a long, brush-tipped tongue, adapted for probing deep into flowers. They also feed on insects, berries and some seeds. Most feeding is done perched but some insects are caught in mid-air. (Wikipedia)

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