Wattlebirds, Friarbirds, Honeyeaters, Miners, Spinebills, Chats, Gibberbird
UPDATE: WESTERN WATTLEBIRD
It has again been proposed that the western form of the Little Wattlebird be a full species, with the common or English name to be Western Wattlebird. This bird was recognised as far back as 1884 as being sufficiently different to be a full species, but has continued as a race of the Little Wattlebird (i.e. Anthochaera chrysoptera lunulata) .
The Western Wattlebird lays a single egg, the Little has usually two, but varying one to three.
For a more detailed description of the birds and their songs, both are in the MM Field Guide to Australian birds at page 248-249, with nests and eggs at page 392.
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In this video clip, used for sound more than picture, a Western Wattlebird pours forth strong, rather rollicking song. The calls are sufficiently distinctive to separate this from the Red Wattlebird, or any other south-western bird.
Observation WESTERN SPINEBILL
Western Spinebill (female) taking sap or moisture exuding from a crevice of a Marri (Eucalyptus calophylla). This immature bird and severals other returned repeatedly, at intevals of parhaps 5 to 15 minutes, to seek what appeared but a tiny amount of moisture.