Western Wattlebird

Western Wattlebird

Anthochaera lunulata

Not Evaluated

The Western Wattlebird, despite its name, lacks the distinctive wattles of its relatives, presenting a more subdued elegance with its dark brown-grey plumage and silvery cheek stripes. This agile honeyeater graces the woodlands and urban gardens of southwestern Australia, where its complex melodies and striking white-streaked appearance enchant onlookers. As a master of nectar foraging, this bird's dance among the flowers is a common and delightful sight, making it a cherished part of the region's natural tapestry.

Appearance and Identification

Males and females have similar plumage

Primary Color

Dark Brown

Secondary Colors

Grey, White, Brown

Secondary Colors (female)

Secondary Colors (juvenile)

Secondary Colors (seasonal)

Wing Color


Beak Type


Beak Color


Leg Color


Distinctive Markings

Yellow wattles on cheeks, streaked underparts

Tail Description

Long and rounded

Size Metrics

27cm to 33cm


39cm to 42cm


45g to 83g



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Vocalization and Sounds

Primary Calls

Harsh, raspy calls

Call Description

A variety of calls including harsh chatters and melodious whistles

Alarm Calls

Abrupt, loud alarm calls

Behavior and Social Structure

Daily Activities

Active during the day, foraging in shrubs and trees

Social Habits

Solitary or in small groups, territorial during breeding season

Territorial Behavior

Aggressively defends feeding territories

Migratory Patterns

Non-migratory, but may move locally in search of food

Interaction with Other Species

Competes with other nectar-feeding birds


Primary Diet

Nectar, Insects

Feeding Habits

Forages in foliage, often hangs upside down to feed

Feeding Times

Dawn and dusk

Prey Capture Method

Gleaning from foliage

Diet Variations

Seasonal variation depending on flower availability

Special Dietary Needs (if any)

Dependent on nectar-producing plants


Nesting Location

In dense shrubs or trees

Nest Construction

Shallow cup made of twigs and bark, bound with spider web

Breeding Season

August to December

Egg Appearance

Oval, pale pink with reddish-brown spots

Egg Size

2cm x 3cm

Clutch Characteristics

1 egg

Incubation Period

14-20 days

Fledgling Period

14-21 days

Parental Care

Both parents feed the young

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Southwestern Australia

Habitat Description

Woodlands, heathlands, and urban gardens

Elevation Range

Up to 300 meters

Migration Patterns

Non-migratory, but may move locally in search of food


Temperate Forests, Shrubland

Climate zones


Distribution Map

Please note, this range and distribution map is a high-level overview, and doesn't break down into specific regions and areas of the countries.

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