September 8, 2015 – Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)

These small honeyeaters are mostly found east of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, from North Queensland to Tasmania. They eat the nectar of a wide variety of plants, as well as small invertebrates. As their range has shifted into more urban environments, they have adapted to feeding on a variety of non-native plants. One of the smallest species of honeyeater, they often hover while feeding, like hummingbirds, and are important pollinators for many Australian plants. Females build the nests from twigs, grass, bark, hair, and spiderwebs and incubate the eggs alone. Both parents feed the chicks.