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Bird Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)

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Scientific name: Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

Common Name: Eastern Spinebill

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Meliphagidae

Other Names: N/A

Distribution: Eastern Australia and Tasmania.

Habitat: Heath, forest, woodland, urban parks and gardens.

Field Notes: Long down-curved beak - grey-black crown, white breast and throat, rufous patch on throat, dark grey wings and lower back, buff underparts and upper back.

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Scientific Name: Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

Common Name: Eastern Spinebill

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Meliphagidae

Other Names: NA

Distribution: east of the Great Dividing Range from Cooktown in Queensland to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia

Habitat: prefers heath, forest and woodland.

Field Notes: Very long, fine, down-curved beak and energetic flight, during which its white outer tail feathers are prominent. Males have a grey-black crown which extends in a black line on either site of the breast. The breast and throat are white, with a rufous patch in the centre of the throat. The wings and lower back are dark grey and the underparts and upper back are buff. Females are similar to males but have less distinct markings.
http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Acanthorhynchus-tenuirostris.

Photo by auscraft 2012, Jimna

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