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  Western Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus superciliosus)





Western Spinebill | Acanthorhynchus superciliosus photo
Acanthorhynchus superciliosus, Western spinebill

Image by Julia Gross - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Western Spinebill | Acanthorhynchus superciliosus photo
Acanthorhynchus superciliosus - Western spinebill

Image by Julia Gross - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



WESTERN SPINEBILL FACTS

Description
The Western Spinebill is a small honeyeater with long slender curved bill. The male has black head and rusty red band around the back of the neck to the underside of the bill and down the chest. The back and wings are grey. The female is duller with rust patch on back of neck and grey head.

Size
12cm to 16cm

Habitat
forest, woodland, scrub, heathland

Food
mainly nectar from plants, especially Banksias

Breeding
lays one or two eggs in nest made from plant fibre and spider web

Range
found only in the south west of Western Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Meliphagidae
Genus:Acanthorhynchus
Species:superciliosus
Common Name:Western Spinebill

Relatives in same Genus
  Eastern Spinebill (A. tenuirostris)