Aggressive wattlebirds

To: Graeme Chapman <>, "" <>
Subject: Aggressive wattlebirds
From: Alexandra Randell <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 01:46:10 +0000
The red and little wattlebirds in my Barossa Valley Garden and my hand raised 
wattlebirds are not aggressive towards others including the Eastern Spinebills 
that pass through at this time of the year. But I am interested in the leg 
breaking behaviour as I have seen hand-reared New Hollands and White-plumed 
honeyeaters do this to less dominant birds in an aviary. Has anyone else 
noticed the leg-breaking behaviour?

Alex Randell
From: Birding-Aus  on behalf of Graeme 
Sent: Monday, June 1, 2015 12:43 AM
Subject: Aggressive wattlebirds

Hello Berenice,

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


Graeme Chapman
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