Red Wattlebird
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • An Australian Softbill (An Australian Honeyeater)
  • Scientific Name: Anthochaera carunculata
  • Sub Species: A. c. carunculata - the Eastern population, and the Western Australian population -  A. c. woodwardi.
  • Origin / Distribution: Southern Australia =  Lower portion of Western Australia and South Australia.  All of Victoria.  Half of New South Wales.  South east corner of Queensland.  Not found in Tasmania.
  • Habitat In Wild: Nomadic bird.  Forests and woodlands as well as residential areas and parklands.
  • Status In Wild: Secure.  Has adapted well to residential areas.  Numbers are declining in areas that have lost the tall trees necessary for their food source and breeding needs.
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity: Secure, but not common.
  • Age To Sexual Maturity: ?
  • Best breeding years (estimate): ?
  • Sexing: Monomorphic / Dimorphic
  • Colour mutations:  None.
  • Availability:  Specialist breeders.
  • Temperament:   They are generally hardy birds.  They are large, noisy birds.  One pair per aviary.  Aggressive birds that should not be housed with any other species of birds.  Prefer a large, suitably planted aviary.  They like nectar producing plants.
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour  (Approx.) $300
  • Description Of Adults:  Largest of the mainland honeyeaters. They have fleshy red wattles behind the eyes.
  1. Length: Approx 350 mm (or approx 14 inches) Tail may be about half the total length.
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx 100 - 130 gms (or approx 3.5 - 4.5 ozs)

Aviary Notes:

Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.

Government Regulations & By-Laws:  Refer to "Government Laws" web page.

Housing Requirements:  Click on "Softbills" web page for full details on the housing of  Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.

In the wild they live alone or in small groups.  They are arboreal birds and rarely forage on the ground.  Insects are found on the tree trunk, tree canopy, or are caught in mid air (hawking).

In captivity they are best housed as one pair per aviary.  Will be very aggressive to other birds.

Diet / Feeding:  Click on "Softbills" web page for full details on the nutrition of  Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.

Natural diet includes fruits, berries, nectar and insects. 

Nesting:  A basic overview only.

  • Roosting nest: Yes / No
  • Nesting months: July to December
  • Nesting receptacles: Build a cup shaped nest.
  • Nest: In the wild the nest is usually made of sticks, twigs and plant material.  Nests usually built in a tree. The nest may be lined with soft materials.
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / cock / both share.

Breeding:  Egg Colour  Creamy pink, blotched or spotted with reddish brown and greyish purple.  Clutch/s per year   1.  Eggs per nest  2 - 3.  Incubation  approx 14 - 16 days.  Fledge approx 15 - 18 days.  Independent  approx. another .?. weeks.

Artificial incubation, hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site.  It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.  Refer "Specific References" as listed below and "General References" listings.

Health Issues:  Refer  "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.

  • Worming and parasite control and Quarantine requirements of new birds or sick birds are considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web site.  Refer above option - "Avian Health Issues" web page.
  • Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace.  Keep updating your knowledge and skills.

General References:  Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.

Specific References:

  • Australian Aviculture
  • Australian Birdkeeper

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