Yellow Wattlebird

Yellow Wattlebird

Anthochaera paradoxa

Least Concern

Renowned for their vibrant yellow wattles and raucous calls, the Yellow Wattlebird is a charismatic inhabitant of Tasmania's woodlands and gardens. As Australia's largest honeyeater, this striking bird flits through the Tasmanian forests, its streaked plumage and energetic foraging making it a distinctive presence among the island's rich avian life.

Appearance and Identification

Males and females have similar plumage

Primary Color


Secondary Colors

Yellow, White

Secondary Colors (female)

Secondary Colors (juvenile)

Secondary Colors (seasonal)

Wing Color


Beak Type


Beak Color


Leg Color


Distinctive Markings

Yellow wattles, streaked underparts, white belly

Tail Description

Long tail with white tips

Size Metrics

37cm to 50cm


104g to 260g



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Vocalization and Sounds

Primary Calls

Harsh, guttural calls

Call Description

Harsh 'kow-kow-kow' and a loud 'yaas-yaas'

Alarm Calls

Raspy, chattering calls when disturbed

Behavior and Social Structure

Daily Activities

Active during the day, foraging for food

Social Habits

Solitary or in small groups, larger groups may form in good feeding areas

Territorial Behavior

Territorial during breeding season

Migratory Patterns


Interaction with Other Species

May interact with other honeyeater species


Primary Diet

Nectar, Insects

Feeding Habits

Forages in trees and shrubs, occasionally on the ground

Feeding Times

Morning and late afternoon

Prey Capture Method

Gleaning from foliage, hawk insects in the air

Diet Variations

May vary with seasonal flower availability

Special Dietary Needs (if any)

Dependent on nectar-producing plants


Nesting Location

In trees and tall shrubs

Nest Construction

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

Breeding Season

August to December

Number of clutches (per breeding season)

Up to 2 in coastal areas

Egg Appearance

Spotted and blotched with red-brown marks

Egg Size

2.5cm x 3.5cm

Clutch Characteristics

Usually 2 or 3 eggs per clutch

Incubation Period

14 to 16 days

Fledgling Period

Around 4 weeks after hatching

Parental Care

Both parents feed the young

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Endemic to Tasmania and nearby islands

Habitat Description

Woodlands, forests, and suburban gardens

Elevation Range

From sea level to 1200 meters

Migration Patterns



Temperate Forests

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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