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Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)

… is a species of honeyeater found in south-eastern Australia in forest and woodland areas, as well as gardens in urban areas of Sydney and Melbourne. It is around 15 cm long, and has a distinctive black, white and chestnut plumage, a red eye, and a long downcurved bill…

(read more: Wikipedia)

photos: male - David Cook; male - Benjamint444; female - JJ Harrison

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.

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Inktober Compilation #1

10/01 - Bluebird and Dogwood

10/02 - Tufted Titmouse and Magnolia

10/03 - Cerulean Kingfisher and Arabian Jasmine

10/04 - Lotus and Black Dwarf Honey Bee

10/05 - Hooded Pitta and Flowering Quince

10/06 - Irregular Incurve Chrysanthemum and Nevrina Moths

10/07 - Superb Fairy Wren and Boronia Pinnata

10/08 - Eastern Spinebill and Watarah

I very rarely do a lot of drawing for myself, but it’s been a lot of fun to sit down and work on drawings about things I love - birds and plants! It’s also a sort of primer for my solo show about flowers and pollinators that will happen next year!