Meet The Mistletoebird With Fiery Red Chest And Electrifying Beauty

The Mistletoebird

The Mistletoebird is also known as the Mistletoe Flowerpecker. This bird with a fiery red chest and electrifying beauty, has the caliber to steal your heart within a few seconds. The most amazing combination of colors makes it outshine. 

The mistletoebird is native to Australia but absent from Tasmania and other driest desert areas. It is a bird species of the flowerpecker family Dicaeidae and is scientifically named Dicaeum Hirundinaceum.

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The Mistletoe Flowerpecker mainly eats the berries of parasitic mistletoe and plays an important role in the dispersal of the mistletoe’s seeds through its digestive system. 

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There are four subspecies recognized of the Mistletoe Flowerpecker. They are small birds, measuring 9 to 10 cm in length and weighing 7.5 to 11 grams. However, their size and color vary across their distribution. 

The adult Mistletoes Flowerpeckers are smaller in the north and the females of the northern region have light-colored underparts as compared to the ones in the south.

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They have glossy black eyes, legs, and bills. If you want to know more about this birdy, please be till the end of the article. 

Look at the electrifying color combination of the Mistletoe Flowerpeckers.

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Meet the male Mistletoebird.

Males of the Mistletoebird have dark blue-black plumage, with a bright red chest and hints of red under their tail. A black stripe runs down at the center of their white belly. 

Look at the female birds.

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Female birds have dark gray plumage with a white throat and faint gray underparts, and just a touch of pinkish-red under the tail. 

Juveniles are similar to females, but they have an orange-pink bill instead of the black one. 

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Bills of the Mistletoe Birds.

They have slender, slightly down-curved, and sharply pointed black bills. Their bills are just a centimeter long. 

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Usually, they occur in solitary or pairs.

Usually, the mistletoe birds are seen singularly or in pairs. But occasionally they can also be spotted in small family groups or flocks, and very few times, in mixed-species flocks for food. 

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Their vocals are familiar and can be heard several times.

They make a variety of vocalizations. The mistletoe birds make sharp, short, and high-pitched sounds of tzew or dzee whistled mainly on the wing.  

A whistled wissweet wissweet with repetitions can be heard while perching. 

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They can be considered nomadic.

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The Mistletoe Birds move locally in the search of fruit mistletoes and we can say that their movements depend on the fruiting of mistletoe.

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Feeding habits of the Mistletoes Flowerpeckers.

They are frugivorous and primarily eat the berries of the mistletoe. According to the study, mistletoe berries or other fruit diets are rich in carbohydrates and poor in protein, so the mistletoe birds have to eat a lot of the berries to fulfill their protein requirements, especially during reproduction season. 

The Mistletoebird

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Their breeding season coincides with the fruiting of mistletoe.

The Mistletoe Flowerpeckers are generally mistaken for scarlet robins or flame robins. However, they don’t have a spot on the forehead and have a black stripe on the belly. 

They are a kind of electrifying beauty, right? Hope you liked reading about this birdy. Please comment down your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you.

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