wattled honey eater


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wattlebird \Wat"tle*bird`\, n.
   1. (Zool.) Any one of several species of honey eaters
      belonging to Anthochaera and allied genera of the family
      Meliphagidae. These birds usually have a large and
      conspicuous wattle of naked skin hanging down below each
      ear. They are natives of Australia and adjacent islands.
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   Note: The best-known species (Anthochaera carunculata) has
         the upper parts grayish brown, with a white stripe on
         each feather, and the wing and tail quills dark brown
         or blackish, tipped with withe. Its wattles, in life,
         are light blood-red. Called also wattled crow,
         wattled bee-eater, wattled honey eater. Another
         species (Anthochaera inauris) is streaked with black,
         gray, and white, and its long wattles are white, tipped
         with orange. The bush wattlebirds, belonging to the
         genus Anellobia, are closely related, but lack
         conspicuous wattles. The most common species
         (Anthochaera mellivora) is dark brown, finely
         streaked with white. Called also goruck creeper.
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   2. (Zool.) The Australian brush turkey.
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