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A GLOSSY LITTLE BIRD WHO IMMEDIATELY TRANSFORMS INTO AN ELECTRIFYING BEAUTY, SHINING EVEN BRIGHTER WITH HIS FIERY RED CHEST – MEET THE MISTLETOE FLOWERPECKER!

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A compact little bird that transforms in a vision of electrifying beauty with his glossy black back, and vivid red chest, finished off with a black speed stripe running down his belly!

MEET THE MISTLETOE FLOWERPECKER

The mistletoe flowerpecker (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) also known as the mistletoebird, is the only Australian representative of the flowerpecker family, Dicaeidae. This is why they are sometimes known as the Australian Flowerpecker. Males have a glossy blue-black head, wings, and back, a bright red throat and chest, a white belly with a central dark streak, and a bright red rump.

Females are grey above, white below, with a grey streak on the belly, and a paler red rump. Juvenile birds are more like the female, though paler and have an orange, rather than a dark, bill. These birds are swift, sometimes erratic fliers, moving singly or in pairs, usually high up in the canopy.

This bird is endemic to most of Australia (excluding Tasmania), though also present in the eastern Maluku Islands of Indonesia in the Arafura Sea between Australia and New Guinea.

Strangely enough, this bird is found wherever mistletoe grows, hence the name mistletoe, and is important in the dispersal of this plant species via seed distribution.

The Mistletoebird is highly adapted to its diet of mistletoe berries. It lacks the muscular gizzard (food-grinding organ) of other birds, instead, it has a simple digestive system through which the berries pass quickly, digesting the fleshy outer parts and excreting the sticky seeds onto branches. The seed can then germinate quickly into a new plant.

WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS BIRD RIGHT HERE BELOW:

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