Definition of wattlebird in English:

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wattlebird

Pronunciation: /ˈwɒt(ə)lbəːd/

noun

1The largest of the honeyeaters found in Australia, with a wattle hanging from each cheek.
  • Genus Anthochaera (and Melidectes), family Meliphagidae: four species
Example sentences
  • From there she can watch red wattlebirds sip the indigo evening and goshawks, white as salt, hunt geckoes in the scrub, the sea a blue presence in her imaginings.
  • The yellow wattlebird occurs in eucalypt forest and woodland.
  • The red wattlebird moves about quickly and acrobatically within the tree.
2A songbird of a New Zealand family distinguished by wattles hanging from the base of the bill.
Example sentences
  • The saddleback, a black wattlebird with a tan saddle of feathers on its back and a pendulous orange wattle at the base of its bill, has been translocated 27 times since 1925 and now inhabits approximately 16 islands.
  • Three unique wattlebirds, the kokako, saddleback and huia are part of the ancient Callaeidae family.
  • This should include the three endemic New Zealand families: New Zealand wrens, wattlebirds and kiwis.

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