Scientific Name: Anthochaera paradoxa
Size: 38 to 45 cm
What does it look and sound like?
Australia’s largest honeyeater. The Yellow Wattlebird is characterised by the long orange-yellow wattle that descends from each cheek and very long, graduated tail. Its voice is a mix of loud croaks and guttural noises that form combination of single and double notes.
Where is it found?
Endemic to Tasmania, it mainly inhabits the eastern and central areas of the mainland and also King Island.
What are its habitats & habits?
The Yellow Wattlebird occurs in a variety of habitats, including forests, woodlands, coastal heaths and urban parks and gardens. It is found from sea level up to around 1,350 m in altitude. It feeds on a variety of plants (including nectar) and invertebrates.
The Yellow Wattlebird is Tasmania’s unofficial bird emblem.
This species features in my book Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots