is a male Eastern Spinebill
Small bird measuring around 15 to 16.5cm. Crown black with black markings also
down the side of the chest. Throat predominantly white with rufous patch. Underparts
rufous-buff, wings gunmetal grey. Tail black with white edges. Long, curved black
The Eastern Spinebill can be found on the east coast of Australia from northeast Queensland in the highlands above 500mm and from Cooktown to north of Mackay; right down the New South Wales coast to well inland but absent from the dry interior. The spinebill can be found throughout much of Victoria, but also absent from the dry interior. It can be found throughout Tasmania and in coastal south-east South Australia. The Eastern Spinebill occuspies forests and woodlands, heathlands and suburban gardens. It breeds from August to January and builds a cuplike nest with moss, grass, hair, feathers and spiders web which is hidden amongst shrub foliage, 1.5 metres or higher above ground level. 2 to 3 eggs are laid and incubated by both sexes for approximately 14 days.
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