Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Western Wattlebird (Anthochaera lunulata)


French: Méliphage mineur German: Zwerghonigfresser Spanish: Mielero lunulado

Anthochæra lunulata


, 1838,

Swan River, south Western Australia


Often considered conspecific with A. chrysoptera, but differs in plumage details, eye colour and morphology#R#R. Monotypic.


Coastal and subcoastal SW Australia, roughly S of a line from N Gairdner Range to Hopetoun and E to Cape Arid National Park.

Descriptive notes

Male 29–33 cm, 65–78 g; female 27–30 cm, 47–57 g; unsexed 45·5–83g. Large, slender honeyeater with long, graduated tail, moderately long... read more


Noisy and conspicuous; one of the first species to call in the morning. Calls of female usually... read more


Mainly open Eucalyptus-dominated forests and woodlands with diverse understorey comprising... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly nectar and insects; insects include bugs (Hemiptera) and Hymenoptera, and in one sample mainly ants (Formicidae). At one site,... read more


Jun–Nov and Feb (late austral winter to summer), with records of eggs Jul, Aug and mid-Feb and of nestlings Jul–Oct. Usually... read more


Apparently mainly resident, with some local movements. Possibly some seasonal movement towards... read more

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Probably not globally threatened. Even when treated as specifically distinct from A. chrysoptera, does not qualify as a restricted-range species. No... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Western Wattlebird (Anthochaera lunulata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).