Habitat - Rural
Nest present - No
Behavior - Feeding
How many? - two birds
Additional comments? - hard to photograph
Eastern Spinebill resting
This Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) was in the honeysuckle in a garden.
Spinebill is name given to two members of the Honeyeater family, both in the genus Acanthorhynchus, the name of which means literally "spine bill". They are around 15 centimetres in length, and are coloured black, white and chestnut, with a long, downcurved bill. They are native to Australia, with one species in the east and one in the west. They feed on nectar as well as insects, and live mainly in forests, gardens, and other shrubbery...