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Google Doodle celebrates the Eastern Spinebill, a species of honeyeater found in Australia

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january 26 2022 Google Doodle celebrates the Eastern Spinebill a species of honeyeater found in Australia

Google Doodle celebrates January 26, 2022, with a portrayal of the Eastern Spinebill, a species of honeyeater recognizable by its long, down-curved bill and energetic flight patterns. The eastern spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) is a species of honeyeater found in south-eastern Australia in woodland and forest regions, as well as gardens in urban areas of Canberra, Sydney, and Melbourne. It is around 15 cm long and has a distinctive black, white, and chestnut plumage, red-eye, and a long downcurved bill.

January 26 is a significant day for several countries, including India and Australia. While the previous recognizes its Republic Day, the latter observes Australia Day. Search engine giant Google often participates in the celebrations especially by paying tribute with memorable Google doodles.

In its most recent attempt, January 26 2022 Google Doodle in Australia includes a staggering portrayal of Eastern Spinebill. Concerning Australia Day 2022, the official national day of Australia saw on January 26, denoting the landing of the First Fleet in Port Jackson in 1788.

From Cooktown in northern Queensland to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, the Eastern Spinebill can be found quickly gathering nectar from flowering trees across forested regions and suburban gardens.

Eastern spinebills are seen in dry sclerophyll forest, scrub, and heathland from the Cooktown region in North Queensland south through New South Wales east of the Great Dividing Range, through Victoria, and into the Flinders Ranges in eastern South Australia as well as all through Tasmania. Versatile, they can be found in urban gardens with adequate vegetation to act as cover and a food source.

Initially depicted as Certhia tenuirostris by the English ornithologist John Latham in 1801, it is a member of the small genus Acanthorhynchus with another, the western spinebill of Western Australia. The generic name is derived from the Greek interpretation of spinebill, in particular, acantho-/ακανθο-‘spine’ and rhynchos/ρυνχος ‘bill’.

Its particular epithet is from Latin tenuis ‘narrow’ and rostrum ‘bill’. Other English names incorporate spine-billed honeyeater and awl-bird or cobbler’s awl bird. The eastern spinebill is polytypic, comprising of the subspecies A. t. cairnsensis, A. t. dubius, A. t. halmaturinus, and the assigned subspecies A. t. tenuirostris.

Australia is home to one of the most diverse collections of avian life in the world. Songbirds, pigeons, and parrots generally developed in the country’s rich ecosystem.

Today, there are over 830 native species of birds inhabiting the island mainland. From the notable emu to the elusive night parrot-and obviously, the tiny Eastern Spinebill-Australia’s interesting avian populace makes it a paradise for bird lovers.

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