Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum

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Mistletoebird
Scientific Classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Dicaeidae
Genus:Dicaeum
Species:D. hirundinaceum
Binomial name
Dicaeum hirundinaceum



[top]Description

The male mistletoebird is glossy black above and grey-white below with a bright red patch on the throat and under the tail, and a large black streak running down the middle of the breast. Females are dark grey above, lack the red throat patch and have a dark-pale grey streak in the middle of the breast.

[top]Behavioural characteristics



[top]Distribution and habitat



[top]Breeding



[top]Voice

Male singing, recorded at Altona CSR Landcare Reserve, SA: Mistletoebird Song.mp3
Various calls by a male bird, Altona CSR Landcare Reserve, SA: Mistletoebird Calls.mp3
Soft Mimicry performed by male bird, Altona CSR Landcare Reserve, SA: Mistletoebird Mimicry.mp3

[top]Where to find



[top]Photographic Tips



[top]Images

An underside view of a male at Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, SAAn underside view of a male at Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, SA
A female at Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, SAA female at Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, SA
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