Male, Blue Sheen on Back
Murray Mallee Region
3 Happy Chicks
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Flowerpecker (Nectariniidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)
This Photo:     Female, Feeding Chicks

Thank you George Seagull for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA, Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
Stunning little birds these with the female being grey-brown with cherry red rump. The male having a bright red throat and rump with dark satin blue dinner jacket. Short tail.
They make their nests out of spiderweb!
We have presented our photo's here in cronological order to get a perspective of their mating cycle.

Copyright © 2017-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 01-Jan-2017
This species is classed as NT (Near Threatened) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)