A glossy little bird who immediately transforms into an electrifying beauty and shining even brighter with his fiery red chest

With his high gloss black back and vivid red chest, and a black speed stripe going down his belly, this compact little bird transforms into a vision of thrilling beauty!

A glossy little bird who immediately transforms into an electrifying beauty and shining even brighter with his fiery red chest

This mistletoe flower pecker (Dicaeum hirundinaceum), often known as the mistletoe bird, is the sole Australian member of the Dicaeidae family of flower peckers.

As a result, they are also recognized as the Australian Flower pecker.

Males have a navy blue head, shoulders, and back, a bright red neck and breast, a white belly with a dark streak down the center, and a bright red rump.

A glossy little bird who immediately transforms into an electrifying beauty and shining even brighter with his fiery red chest

Females are gray on top and white on the bottom, with a gray streak on the belly and a lighter red rump.

Juvenile birds resemble females, but are whiter and have an orange, rather than a black, beak.

These birds are fast, unpredictable flyers that move alone or in couples, generally high in the canopy.

This bird is indigenous to most of Australia (excluding Tasmania), although it is also found in Indonesia’s eastern Maluku Islands in the Arafura Sea between Australia and New Guinea.

Surprisingly, this bird may be found everywhere mistletoe grows, thus the name mistletoe, and plays a vital role in the dispersion of this plant species through seed distribution.

A glossy little bird who immediately transforms into an electrifying beauty and shining even brighter with his fiery red chest

The Mistletoe bird is well suited to its mistletoe berry diet.

It lacks the mechanical gizzard (nutrition organ) of other species, instead opting for a simple gastrointestinal system that allows the berries to move swiftly through.

Digesting the fleshy exterior sections and excreting the clinging seeds onto trees.

The seed could then swiftly germinate into a new facility.

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