Definition of wattlebird in English:

wattlebird

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɒt(ə)lbəːd
 
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noun

  • 1The largest of the honeyeaters found in Australia, with a wattle hanging from each cheek.
    • Genus Anthochaera (and Melidectes), family Meliphagidae: four species
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    • 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.
    • Family Callaeidae: the saddleback and the kokako, together with the extinct huia
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    • 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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