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mistletoebird (en); pica-flores-de-peito-vermelho (pt); dicée hirondelle (fr); picaflores golondrina (es); Rotsteiß-mistelfresser(de)
This species is found throughout mainland Australia, and also in Papua New Guinea and the archipelagos of Watubela, Aru and Tanimbar in eastern Indonesia.
These birds are 9-11 cm long. They weigh 7,5-11 g.
The mistletoebird is found in any habitat that supports mistletoes, including various forested habitats, savannas and scrublands.
They mostly eat the berries of mistletoes, namely of the grey mistletoe Amyema quandang with which they have a mutualistic relationship. Their diet also includes nectar, pollen, spiders and insects.
IUCN status - LC (Least Concern)
Although the population size is yet to be quantified, the species is described as common throughout its very large breeding range. With no evidence for any declines or substantial threats, the mistletoebird is not threatened at present.