Graeme Chapman <>
Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:43:58 +0000
Wattlebirds (both Red and Little) are frequently very aggressive towards other
smaller birds that intrude on their territories. The local Little Wattlebirds
stand guard over our garden and viciously attack any Eastern Spinebills that
appear with a loud clap of the bill - fortunately the spinebills always seem to
escape. Our Little Wattlebirds even manage to keep out any visiting Red
Wattlebirds as well. Other visiting honeyeaters like Yellow-faced, White-naped
and Fuscous stay well up in the treetops out of harm's way.
We used to live in Canberra where Red Wattlebirds were the residents in our
garden. One morning my wife saw the wattlebird attack an errant young Pink
Robin. The wattlebird broke both the robin's legs.
So, some wattlebirds are just as bad as Noisy Miners in keeping smaller birds
out of a garden, but also capable of inflicting harm
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