Western WattlebirdScientific name: Anthochaera lunulata

Meaning of name: Anthochaera is from the Greek words anthos, meaning flower, and chairein, meaning to rejoice. Lunulata is from the Latin word lunatus, meaning crescent-shaped.

Aboriginal name: Djoongong (choong’awng).

Distribution: Found in the southwest of Western Australia.

Description: Up to 33cm long with a 38cm wingspan.

Notes: The oldest bird recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species was still alive when its band was read in November 2000, 11 years 5.7 months after being banded (information as at 21 June 2012).

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2  http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/76-publications-and-resources/103-conservation-science-wa-journal

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html