Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)

The tiny brightly-coloured Mistletoebird is Australia’s only Flowerpecker, a family common in Asia to our north. It is widespread across all of Australia, but absent from Tasmania. As its common name suggest, it is intimately linked with native mistletoes. It eats the berries and will defecate them somewhere else in a sticky mess. If it is on the right host they will grow. This bird, possibly a recent arrival to Australia in evolutionary terms, is now the main means by which these parasitic plant is planted and spread about.