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male figbird

male fig bird

Male fig bird, Sphecotheres viridis IMG 5828 - There's no prize for guessing what fruit is at the top of the bush tucker list for this distinctive Australian bird. Native figs and other wild fruits are a major component of its diet, but it also feeds on the fruit of many ornamental garden plants, including the red berries of Murraya paniculata, a shrub that's often referred to as 'Mock Orange'. This is another of the many bird species that are regular visitors to the photographer's extensive garden.

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