Wat"tle*bird`(?), n. 1. (Zol.) Any one of several species of honey eaters belonging to Anthochra and allied genera of the family Meliphagid. These birds usually have a large and conspicuous wattle of naked skin hanging down below each ear. They are natives of Australia and adjacent islands.
The best-known species (Anthochra carunculata) has the upper parts grayish brown, with a white stripe on each feather, and the wing and tail quills dark brown or blackish, tipped with withe. Its wattles, in life, are light blood-red. Called also
wattled honey eater. Another species (Anthochra inauris) is streaked with black, gray, and white, and its long wattles are white, tipped with orange. The bush wattlebirds, belonging to the genus Anellobia, are closely related, but lack conspicuous wattles. The most common species (Anthochra mellivora) is dark brown, finely streaked with white. Called also
(Zol.) The Australian brush turkey.
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