The Red Wattlebird can be found in woodlands and forests from south east Australia to south west Australia, basically all along the southern end of the country. A honeyeater, they take nectar from a wide range of flowers and also insects. They breed mostly from July to December but will breed through to February in higher areas. Usually two but sometimes three eggs.
Whilst not usually a commercial problem in most areas, there are some districts where they have become a pest in vineyards and orchards, usually late in the season. They like to invade crops from scrub usually very close by. Once in a crop, they can prove to be very tenacious and hard to move, especially if the local native trees haven’t blossomed or have finished blossoming.
A combination of different harassment sounds is the best way to combat wattlebirds. As always, early installation is vital for best results.Share this: