Birds in paradise

A bit of a ruckus outside caught my ear, some feathered visitors in the gum tree.

An occasional visitor to the garden, Yellow Wattle Birds.

Yellow Wattlebird – Anthochaera paradoxa are endemic to Eastern Tasmania and rarely visit our garden, but a large group flew in. They are larger than the more common Brush Wattlebird and have a distinctive long, pendulous, yellow-orange wattle at ear and a yellow patch on the belly. They also have a raucous voice with a variety of calls.

Yellow Wattle Bird taking flight.

A gang of yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo – Calyptorhynchus funereus also flew in for a feed of wattle seeds at the same time, making for a magic full on bird symphony!

Black Cockatoos feeding on wattle seeds in my front yard gum tree.
Male Black Cockatoo has a pink eye ring.
Females have a grey eye ring and larger cheek patch.
Who’s a pretty cocky then?

6 thoughts on “Birds in paradise

    1. Great question! Gum tree is the common name for Eucalyptus and a few other non-related trees. Tasmania’s floral emblem is the Tasmanian Blue Gum – Eucalyptus globulus. They are called “gum tree” because of the thick sap that oozes out of the trunk when they sustain any sort of damage.


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