Frequenting any habitat with low shrubs and nectar producing flowers, this aggressive honeyeater has perhaps adapted too well to our human environment. Like the Red Wattlebird, it chases away more timid species.
A range of calls, including whistles, chatters and loud shrieking, are used to scare away predators and intruders. A small cup shaped nest is built from twigs, grass and spider webs. It lays two to three pinkish-white spotted eggs.
Photo and Illustration: Mark Trinham.