Eastern Spinebill

Eastern Spinebill - (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)
This honeyeater is found in Australia along the coast line from Queensland to South Australia in  heathlands, forests or woodlands with suitable understorey plants.  A colourful, fine-billed bird - around 14cm in length - with a white breast and tail tips and cinnamon-buff underparts.  Often found near grevilleas, callistemons or plants with tubular flowers.  Noisy wing beats alert watchers to the presence of this spinebill or the sharp clear 'chip chip chip' call.  
Breeding time is in spring and early summer.  The nest is a small, deep cup of grass and fine bark pieces lined with feathers in which a clutch of 2 to 3 eggs is laid.  Both parents share the incubation period of 14 days.

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