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Little Wattlebird, Anthochaera chrysoptera

Photo by Peter Grant


The Little Wattlebird is the smaller of the two Tasmanian wattlebirds (270-320mm). It is overall a dark grey-brown streaked with white. The streaks are more prominent around the throat, becoming more blotched on the flanks. A large rufous patch on the wings can be seen during flight. 


Little Wattlebirds occur in dry eucalypt forest, banksia heaths and in urban parks and gardens.


Little Wattlebirds feed on nectar, and can sometimes be seen in groups noisily feeding on flowering banksias and other shrubs. The long, brush-tipped tongue is well suited to probing deep into flowers. Insects, berries and seeds are also eaten.


Distribution Map courtesy Natural Values Atlas, data from theLIST
© 2010 State of Tasmania

The female normally constructs the nest, which is a large, untidy cup of twigs and grass, lined with feathers and wool. Only the female incubates the eggs. Both sexes care for the young chicks.


A loud rasping squawk and soft lilting squeaks. (Audio recordings courtesy of David Stewart/Nature Sound)


Little Wattlebirds are found throughout south-eastern and south-western mainland Australia. They occur in suitable habitat throughout northern and eastern Tasmania.