Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Yellow Wattlebird (Anthochaera paradoxa)


French: Méliphage à pendeloques German: Gelblappen-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero ventriamarillo

Corvus paradoxus


, 1800,

Nouvelle Zélande; error = south-east Tasmania, Australia


Close to A. carunculata. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. p. kingi (Mathews, 1925) – King I, in Bass Strait.
  • A. p. paradoxa (Daudin, 1800) – C & E Tasmania, rare on W coast; recorded very occasionally on Flinders I.
  • Descriptive notes

    Male 44–50 cm, 135–260g; female 37–43 cm, 104–190 g. Largest honeyeater, with long, graduated tail. Nominate race has face, chin and throat largely... read more


    Noisy, especially foraging flocks, and calls audible over some distance, but vocalizations poorly... read more


    Mainly Eucalyptus-dominated sclerophyll forests and woodlands, particularly dry... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar (mainly from Eucalyptus and Banksia); some arthropods (insects and spiders) and fruit. Forages at all levels, from... read more


    Season Aug–Jan, laying Sept–Nov, and dependent fledglings noted Oct and Jan; season later in Central Highlands than on coast;... read more


    Not properly understood. Most movements appear erratic, especially in non-breeding periods;... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Tasmania EBA. King I race (kingi) “vulnerable”; adversely affected by clearance of habitat,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Yellow Wattlebird (Anthochaera paradoxa). 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 27 January 2020).