Dichaeum hirundinaceum

Dichaeum hirundinaceum

Dichaeum hirundinaceum

(Mistletoe Bird)

FAMILY

Dicaeidae

Species

Dichaeum hirundinaceum

Common name

Mistletoe Bird

Main colour(s)

Blue-black or grey

Distinctive feature

Under tail red, size 10-11 cm

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

This small bird, can often be seen around trees in which mistletoes are growing. In the male the upperparts are black with a red breast and red tail, underparts are white with a dark central streak; the female is grey with white underparts and with a less prominent dark central streak. Legs and feet grey, eyes black, bill black.

Additional Photos

Female eating mistletoefruit