Mistletoebird, Dicaeum hirundinaceum, is a very small bird at 10-11cm. The male Mistletoebird has a glossy blue-black head, back and tail. Bright red throat, chest and under-tail. White belly with a central dark streak. Female is grey/brown above, cream throat and belly, pale red under-tail.
Highly adapted to a diet of mistletoe berries which pass quickly through the digestive system and the seeds are excreted onto branches. The seeds will hopefully germinate into a new food plant. They also catch insects, mainly to provide food for the young.
The female builds a silky, pear-shaped nest with a slit-like entrance made from matted plant down and cobweb, suspended from a twig in the outer foliage of a tree. The female incubates the eggs, and then both sexes feed the young.
Places to Look
Found in a wide variety of habitats wherever the mistletoe plant is found. Mistletoebirds are very small and they feed high in the trees so they are very hard to find.
- Woodland Birds of the Burdekin Dry Tropics
- Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club)
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