Category Archives: Spinebill

Eastern Spinebill preening

This 7-second video shows an Eastern Spinebill tidying its feathers. Eastern Spinebills are small, fast-moving birds that whiz through the midlevel vegetation. They’re part of the honeyeater family. It’s often hard to identify these spinebills, as they don’t stay in one spot for very long. This one gave me an excellent view of its long, curved beak.

Common name: Eastern Spinebill

Scientific name: Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

Approximate length: 16cm

Date spotted: 3 June 2017 (Winter)

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia: 33°46’49.6″S 151°14’51.3″E


Eastern Spinebill near Sydney, Australia

This pretty little bird is fast-moving and hard to photograph. The trickling noise in the background is the waterfall at Manly Dam Reserve. Towards the end of the clip, you’ll hear first a Whipbird and then some tweeting that may be the Spinebill itself.

Here it is, an Eastern Spinebill dancing around as it catches insects. At least, I think that’s what it’s doing.

Common name: Eastern Spinebill

Scientific name: Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

Approximate length: 15 cm

Date spotted: 6 March 2016

Season: Late summer

Location: Waterfall at Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’08.5″S 151°14’29.1″E