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- An Australian Softbill
- Scientific Name: Myzomela
- Common Name/s:
SCARLET HONEYEATER, BLOODBIRD.
- Sub Species in country / area of origin:
54 honeyeater species native to Australia. A total of about 67
species of honeyeaters in Australia.
- Origin / Distribution: East coast
of Australia, from top of Queensland down to Melbourne, Victoria.
- Habitat In Wild: Tall flowering
trees. Has adapted to frequent orchards, parks and gardens.
- Status In Wild: Numbers are
declining in many areas. Loss of tall habitat trees may be the
reason for their decline.
- Status In (Australian) Captivity:
- Age To Sexual Maturity: ?
- Best breeding years (estimate): ?
- Sexing: Monomorphic
- Colour mutations: None
- Availability: Specialist breeders.
- Temperament: They are generally
hardy 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.) $750
- Description Of Adults: Smallest of
- Length: Approx 110 - 115 mm (or approx 4.25 inches)
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo/s above if available.
- Weight: Approx 8 - 9 gms (or approx. 1/3 ozs)
Level Of Knowledge Required:
Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced /
Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations &
By-Laws: Refer to "Government Laws"
Click on "Softbills"
web page for full details on the housing
of Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.
Diet / Feeding:
Click on "Softbills"
web page for full details on the
nutrition of Softbills or read on for specific details for this
In the wild they are arboreal birds and
rarely forage on the ground. Insects are found on the tree trunk,
tree canopy. Insects may be caught in mid air (hawking).
Native diet includes fruits, nectar and insects. Favourite trees
include eucalypt, callistemon and melaleuca.
A basic overview only.
- Roosting nest:
Yes / No
- Nesting months: July
- Nesting receptacles:
- Nest: Nest is usually
built by the hen. A cup shaped nest is built from bark,
rootlets and plant material and lined with soft grasses. Nests
in the wild are built in dense trees, bushes or shrubs.
- Who incubates the eggs:
Hen / cock /
Egg Colour Off white to dull
pink. Have spots and flecks at the larger end. Clutch/s
per year 2. Eggs per nest 2. Incubation
approx. 12 - 13 days. Fledge approx. 12 - 14
Independent approx. another 2 weeks. Both
parent birds feed and care for the young.
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.
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"
- Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace. Keep
updating your knowledge and skills.
Refer to references listed on "Book References"
- Australian Aviculture
- A/A Vol 47 No.10 Oct 1993 Page 234-237 (Spiny cheeked)
- A/A Vol 47 No. 6 Jun 1993 Page 144-145 (Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
- A/A Vol 47 No. 2 Feb 1993 Page 46 (Helmeted Honeyeater
mortalities at Healesville Sanctuary)
- A/A Vol 46 No.12 Dec 1992 Page 277-278 (Blue-faced honeyeaters
at Taronga Zoo)
- A/A Vol 46 No. 2 Feb 1992 Page 29-35 (Breeding Blue-faced
Honeyeaters at Taronga Zoo-inc photo)
- A/A Vol 10 No 3 Mar 1956 Page 38-39.
- A/A Vol 7 No 6 Jun 1953 Page 69.
- A/A Vol 7 No 5 May 1953 Page 53-54.
- A/A Vol 5 No 9 Sept 1951 Page 102 (New Holland honeyeater).
- A/A Vol 5 No 3 Mar 1951 Page 40 (Striped honeyeater).
- Australian Birdkeeper
- ABK Vol 16 Issue 8 Apr-May 2003 Page 439
- ABK Vol 15 Issue 6 Dec-Jan 2003 Page 319-321 ( Regent)
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