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You need patience to understand India by @marlisjos via @SunshineBaba
I think I have figured out why this bird is called a violet-ear I've been in the hummingbird aviary at the zoo a lot. I've seen this bird pretty much every time. Today was the first time I saw it do this. Another bird was getting a drink or something above it and it got mad. These ear-flaps suddenly flipped up and it chittered up a storm.
SPOTTED PARDALOTE (Pardalotus punctatus) - one of the smallest of all Australian birds at 8 to 10cm in length, and one of the most colorful. They nest in deep horizontal tunnels drilled into banks of earth. Externally about the size of a mouse-hole, these can be very deep, a meter or more.