A Small Flowerpecker by byronbackyard
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The small Mistletoebird is the only Australian representative of the flowerpecker family. Males have a glossy blue-black head, wings and upperparts, a bright red throat and chest, a white belly with a central dark streak and a bright red undertail. Females are grey above, white below, with a grey streak on the belly, and a paler red undertail. Young birds resemble females but are paler and have an orange, rather than dark, bill. These birds are swift and erratic fliers, moving singly or in pairs, usually high in or above the canopy.

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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Comments

  • sassyskink
    sassyskinkalmost 5 years ago

    Oh nice, a fantastic shot, superb composition for a bird that doesnt sit around very long!

  • Thanks Steve, I was quite excited, first time I’ve seen them … they were in the bush on the way to the estuary, gorgeous tiny birds!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725almost 5 years ago

    Magnificent capture!

  • Thanks Trish, it was exciting, I’ve never seen them before!

    – byronbackyard

  • minniemanx
    minniemanxalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful little bird these are. We had one here for about a day after Cyclone Larry blew through… haven’t seen one since!

  • Thanks … they are and I’ve never seen them before!

    – byronbackyard

  • Nancy Barrett
    Nancy Barrettalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely birds you have Down Under!

  • We do indeed, lots of different habitats!

    – byronbackyard

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