January 26 2022 – Today’s Doodle recognizes January 26 with a depiction of the Eastern Spinebill, a species of honeyeater recognizable by its long, down-curved bill and energetic flight patterns. From Cooktown in northern Queensland to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, the Eastern Spinebill can be found hastily collecting nectar from flowering trees across forested areas and suburban gardens.
Australia is home to one of the most diverse collections of avian life on the planet. Songbirds, pigeons, and parrots all evolved in the country’s rich ecosystem. Today, there are over 830 native species of birds inhabiting the island continent. From the iconic emu to the elusive night parrot—and of course, the tiny Eastern Spinebill—Australia’s unique avian population makes it a paradise for bird lovers.
So if you spot an Eastern Spinebill darting between trees or hear its signature piping whistle, take a moment and appreciate the bird song!
Early drafts of the Doodle
You can find more about January 26 2022 on the official Google Doodle Page