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Photo by Mat & Cathy
Chiltern, Victoria, Australia, June 2005
Lathamus discolor


25 cm

  • Bright green
  • Red around the bill, throat and forehead
  • Red throat, edged with yellow
  • Bluish-purple crown
  • Bright red patches under the wings
  • Long (12 cm), thin, dark red tail


Breeds in Tasmania, winters in south-east mainland Australia.

Endangered, may now count less than 2500 birds total, and populations estimates falling.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Eucalypt forests. Nests are usually located near the coast in dry forests on upper slopes and ridge tops



The diet includes seeds and grains, green vegetation, fruit, nectar and pollen, insects and larvae.


They make their nests inside a hollow tree branch or trunk in very old or dead trees. The clutch consists of 3-5 round white eggs.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. threatenedspecies.environment.nsw

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