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How many "wattle" birds are there?

It's always fun to learn more about bird names, and this Wattled Ploughbill from New Guinea has one of the cooler ones. Did you know that there are 34 species of birds with "wattle" or "wattled" in the name (listed below), including 11 species of wattle-eyes from Africa? If you made a point of trying to see them all, you'd be visiting a good chunk of the warmer parts of the world on your birding quest...not a bad excuse for travel!

This Wattled Ploughbill, an odd and enigmatic New Guinea endemic, was photographed by guide Doug Gochfeld on our fall 2016 New Guinea & Australia tour. Little is known about Wattled Ploughbill, and there are lots more odd and wonderful birds to be seen on this tropical island.

Our New Guinea & Australia sampler tour returns this fall with guide Jay VanderGaast in the lead, October 8-26, 2017. There is still space available. If you're interested, contact our office.

You can also view our 2016 illustrated triplist for a taste of last year's New Guinea & Australia tour. It's full of interesting annotations and of great images from participants and guides alike.

"Wattle" or "Wattled" birds in the world:

Wattled Brushturkey
Wattled Guan
Wattled Curassow
Wattled Ibis
Wattled Crane
Yellow-wattled Lapwing
Wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing
Wattled Jacana
Wattled Broadbill
Long-wattled Umbrellabird
Three-wattled Bellbird
Little Wattlebird
Western Wattlebird
Red Wattlebird
Yellow Wattlebird
Brown-throated Wattle-eye
White-fronted Wattle-eye
Black-throated Wattle-eye
Banded Wattle-eye
Chestnut Wattle-eye
West African Wattle-eye
White-spotted Wattle-eye
Red-cheeked Wattle-eye
Black-necked Wattle-eye
Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye
Jameson's Wattle-eye
Western Wattled-Honeyeater
Eastern Wattled-Honeyeater
Northern Wattled-Honeyeater
Wattled Ploughbill
Yellow-wattled Bulbul
Blue-wattled Bulbul
Wattled Starling

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