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meliphagidae

Honeyeater
Scarlet Myzomela (Honeyeater) Myzomela sanguinolenta ©Ian Montgomery Website

The honeyeaters are a large and diverse family of small to medium-sized birds most common in Australia and New Guinea, but also found in New Zealand, the Pacific islands as far east as Samoa and Tonga, and the islands to the north and west of New Guinea known as Wallacea. Bali, on the other side of the Wallace Line, has a single species.

Honeyeaters and the Australian chats make up the family Meliphagidae. In total there are 187 species in 50 genera, roughly half of them native to Australia, many of the remainder occupying New Guinea. With their closest relatives, the Maluridae (Australian fairy-wrens), Pardalotidae (pardalotes), and Acanthizidae (thornbills, Australian warblers, scrubwrens, etc.) they comprise the superfamily Meliphagoidea and originated early in the evolutionary history of the oscine passerine radiation. Although honeyeaters look and behave very much like other nectar-feeding passerines around the world (such as the sunbirds and flowerpeckers), they are unrelated, and the similarities are the consequence of convergent evolution.

The extent of the evolutionary partnership between honeyeaters and Australasian flowering plants is unknown, but probably substantial. A great many Australian plants are fertilised by honeyeaters, particularly the Proteaceae, Myrtaceae, and Epacridaceae. It is known that the honeyeaters are important in New Zealand as well, and assumed that the same applies in other areas.

Meliphagoidea is a superfamily of passerine birds. They contain a vast diversity of small to mid-sized passerines widespread in the Austro-pacific region. The Australian Continent has the largest richness in genera and species including the Meliphagidae; the family of Honeyeaters.

Honeyeaters can be either nectarivorous, insectivorous, frugivorous, or a combination of nectar and insect-eating. Unlike the hummingbirds of America, honeyeaters do not have extensive adaptations for hovering flight, though smaller members of the family do hover hummingbird-style to collect nectar from time to time. In general, honeyeaters prefer to flit quickly from perch to perch in the outer foliage, stretching up or sideways or hanging upside down at need. Many genera have a highly developed brush-tipped tongue, frayed and fringed with bristles which soak up liquids readily. The tongue is flicked rapidly and repeatedly into a flower, the upper mandible then compressing any liquid out when the bill is closed.

In addition to nectar, all or nearly all honeyeaters take insects and other small creatures, usually by hawking, sometimes by gleaning. A few of the larger species, notably the White-eared Honeyeater, and the Strong-billed Honeyeater of Tasmania, probe under bark for insects and other morsels. Many species supplement their diets with a little fruit, and a small number eat considerable amounts of fruit, particularly in tropical rainforests and, oddly, in semi-arid scrubland. The Painted Honeyeater is a mistletoe specialist. Most, however, exist on a diet of nectar supplemented by varying quantities of insects. In general, the honeyeaters with long, fine bills are more nectarivorous, the shorter-billed species less so, but even specialised nectar eaters like the spinebills take extra insects to add protein to their diet when breeding.

According to the IOC there are 187 species in this family; they are:

Black Honeyeater Sugomel nigrum

Drab Myzomela Myzomela blasii
White-chinned Myzomela Myzomela albigula
Ashy Myzomela Myzomela cineracea
Ruby-throated Myzomela Myzomela eques
Dusky Myzomela Myzomela obscura
Red Myzomela Myzomela cruentata
Papuan Black Myzomela Myzomela nigrita
New Ireland Myzomela Myzomela pulchella
Crimson-hooded Myzomela Myzomela kuehni
Red-headed Myzomela Myzomela erythrocephala
Sumba Myzomela Myzomela dammermani
Mountain Myzomela Myzomela adolphinae
Banda Myzomela Myzomela boiei
Sulawesi Myzomela Myzomela chloroptera
Wakolo Myzomela Myzomela wakoloensis
Scarlet Myzomela Myzomela sanguinolenta
New Caledonian Myzomela Myzomela caledonica
Cardinal Myzomela Myzomela cardinalis
Rotuma Myzomela Myzomela chermesina
Micronesian Myzomela Myzomela rubratra
Sclater's Myzomela Myzomela sclateri
Bismarck Black Myzomela Myzomela pammelaena
Red-capped Myzomela Myzomela lafargei
Crimson-rumped Myzomela Myzomela eichhorni
Red-vested Myzomela Myzomela malaitae
Black-headed Myzomela Myzomela melanocephala
Sooty Myzomela Myzomela tristrami
Sulphur-breasted Myzomela Myzomela jugularis
Black-bellied Myzomela Myzomela erythromelas
Black-breasted Myzomela Myzomela vulnerata
Red-collared Myzomela Myzomela rosenbergii

Tawny-crowned Honeyeater Gliciphila melanops

Green-backed Honeyeater Glycichaera fallax

Leaden Honeyeater Ptiloprora plumbea
Yellowish-streaked Honeyeater Ptiloprora meekiana
Rufous-sided Honeyeater Ptiloprora erythropleura
Rufous-backed Honeyeater Ptiloprora guisei
Mayr's Honeyeater Ptiloprora mayri
Grey-streaked Honeyeater Ptiloprora perstriata

Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
Western Spinebill Acanthorhynchus superciliosus

Pied Honeyeater Certhionyx variegatus

Tui Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

New Zealand Bellbird Anthornis melanura
Chatham Bellbird Anthornis melanocephala

Plain Honeyeater Pycnopygius ixoides
Marbled Honeyeater Pycnopygius cinereus
Streak-headed Honeyeater Pycnopygius stictocephalus

Banded Honeyeater Cissomela pectoralis

Scaly-crowned Honeyeater Lichmera lombokia
Olive Honeyeater Lichmera argentauris
Indonesian Honeyeater Lichmera limbata
Brown Honeyeater Lichmera indistincta
Grey-eared Honeyeater Lichmera incana
Silver-eared Honeyeater Lichmera alboauricularis
Scaly-breasted Honeyeater Lichmera squamata
Buru Honeyeater Lichmera deningeri
Seram Honeyeater Lichmera monticola
Flame-eared Honeyeater Lichmera flavicans
Black-necklaced Honeyeater Lichmera notabilis

Crescent Honeyeater Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus
New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
White-cheeked Honeyeater Phylidonyris niger

White-streaked Honeyeater Trichodere cockerelli

Painted Honeyeater Grantiella picta

Striped Honeyeater Plectorhyncha lanceolata

Spotted Honeyeater Xanthotis polygrammus
Macleay's Honeyeater Xanthotis macleayanus
Tawny-breasted Honeyeater Xanthotis flaviventer
Kadavu Honeyeater Xanthotis provocator

Meyer's Friarbird Philemon meyeri
Brass's Friarbird Philemon brassi
Little Friarbird Philemon citreogularis
Grey Friarbird Philemon kisserensis
Timor Friarbird Philemon inornatus
Dusky Friarbird Philemon fuscicapillus
Seram Friarbird Philemon subcorniculatus
Black-faced Friarbird Philemon moluccensis
Tanimbar Friarbird Philemon plumigenis
Helmeted Friarbird Philemon buceroides
New Guinea Friarbird Philemon novaeguineae
Hornbill Friarbird Philemon yorki
New Britain Friarbird Philemon cockerelli
New Ireland Friarbird Philemon eichhorni
Manus Friarbird Philemon albitorques
Silver-crowned Friarbird Philemon argenticeps
Noisy Friarbird Philemon corniculatus
New Caledonian Friarbird Philemon diemenensis

White-streaked Friarbird Melitograis gilolensis

Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis

Black-chinned Honeyeater Melithreptus gularis
Strong-billed Honeyeater Melithreptus validirostris
Brown-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus brevirostris
White-throated Honeyeater Melithreptus albogularis
White-naped Honeyeater Melithreptus lunatus
Gilbert's Honeyeater Melithreptus chloropsis
Black-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus affinis

Polynesian Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio carunculatus
Fiji Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio taviunensis
Kikau Foulehaio procerior

White-eared Honeyeater Nesoptilotis leucotis
Yellow-throated Honeyeater Nesoptilotis flavicollis

Gibberbird Ashbyia lovensis

Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor
Orange Chat Epthianura aurifrons
Yellow Chat Epthianura crocea
White-fronted Chat Epthianura albifrons

Long-billed Honeyeater Melilestes megarhynchus

MacGregor's Honeyeater Macgregoria pulchra

Arfak Honeyeater Melipotes gymnops
Common Smoky Honeyeater Melipotes fumigatus
Wattled Smoky Honeyeater Melipotes carolae
Spangled Honeyeater Melipotes ater

Olive Straightbill Timeliopsis fulvigula
Tawny Straightbill Timeliopsis griseigula

Rufous-banded Honeyeater Conopophila albogularis
Rufous-throated Honeyeater Conopophila rufogularis
Grey Honeyeater Conopophila whitei

Bar-breasted Honeyeater Ramsayornis fasciatus
Brown-backed Honeyeater Ramsayornis modestus

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Acanthagenys rufogularis

Little Wattlebird Anthochaera chrysoptera
Western Wattlebird Anthochaera lunulata
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata
Yellow Wattlebird Anthochaera paradoxa
Regent Honeyeater Anthochaera phrygia

Bridled Honeyeater Bolemoreus frenatus
Eungella Honeyeater Bolemoreus hindwoodi

Yellow-faced Honeyeater Caligavis chrysops
Black-throated Honeyeater Caligavis subfrenata
Obscure Honeyeater Caligavis obscura

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops
Purple-gaped Honeyeater Lichenostomus cratitius

Bell Miner Manorina melanophrys
Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala
Yellow-throated Miner Manorina flavigula
Black-eared Miner Manorina melanotis

Makira Honeyeater Meliarchus sclateri

Sooty Melidectes Melidectes fuscus
Gilliard's Melidectes Melidectes whitemanensis
Short-bearded Melidectes Melidectes nouhuysi
Long-bearded Melidectes Melidectes princeps
Cinnamon-browed Melidectes Melidectes ochromelas
Vogelkop Melidectes Melidectes leucostephes
Yellow-browed Melidectes Melidectes rufocrissalis
Huon Melidectes Melidectes foersteri
Belford's Melidectes Melidectes belfordi
Ornate Melidectes Melidectes torquatus

White-fronted Honeyeater Purnella albifrons

White-gaped Honeyeater Stomiopera unicolor
Yellow Honeyeater Stomiopera flava

Varied Honeyeater Gavicalis versicolor
Mangrove Honeyeater Gavicalis fasciogularis
Singing Honeyeater Gavicalis virescens

Yellow-tinted Honeyeater Ptilotula flavescens
Fuscous Honeyeater Ptilotula fusca
Grey-headed Honeyeater Ptilotula keartlandi
Grey-fronted Honeyeater Ptilotula plumula
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater Ptilotula ornata
White-plumed Honeyeater Ptilotula penicillata

Mottle-breasted Honeyeater Meliphaga mimikae
Forest Honeyeater Meliphaga montana
Mountain Honeyeater Meliphaga orientalis
Scrub Honeyeater Meliphaga albonotata
Mimic Honeyeater Meliphaga analoga
Tagula Honeyeater Meliphaga vicina
Graceful Honeyeater Meliphaga gracilis
Elegant Honeyeater Meliphaga cinereifrons
Yellow-gaped Honeyeater Meliphaga flavirictus
White-lined Honeyeater Meliphaga albilineata
Kimberley Honeyeater Meliphaga fordiana
Streak-breasted Honeyeater Meliphaga reticulata
Puff-backed Honeyeater Meliphaga aruensis
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater Meliphaga notata
Lewin's Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii

Guadalcanal Honeyeater Guadalcanaria inexpectata

Orange-cheeked Honeyeater Oreornis chrysogenys

Yellow-billed Honeyeater Gymnomyza viridis
Giant Honeyeater Gymnomyza brunneirostris
Mao Gymnomyza samoensis
Crow Honeyeater Gymnomyza aubryana

Dark-eared Myza Myza celebensis
White-eared Myza Myza sarasinorum

Bougainville Honeyeater Stresemannia bougainvillei

Barred Honeyeater Glycifohia undulata
White-bellied Honeyeater Glycifohia notabilis

Family Links

Honeyeaters Meliphagidae

Family Account

The Honeyeaters are a very large family essentially restricted to Australasia. At least "one species occurs in every terrestrial habitat in Australia, from tropical rain forest to arid shrubland, from mangroves to suburbia" (Simpson & Day 1996).

Honeyeaters Meliphagidae

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Honeyeaters Meliphagidae

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Honeyeaters Meliphagidae

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Honeyeaters and the Australian chats make up the family Meliphagidae. In total there are 182 species in 42 genera, roughly half of them native to Australia, many of the remainder occupying New Guinea.

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Black-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus affinus

Species Account

The black-headed honeyeater (Melithreptus affinis) is a species of bird in the family Meliphagidae. It is one of two members of the genus Melithreptus endemic to Tasmania. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation. Despite its name, the black-headed honeyeater eats predominantly insects.

Black-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus affinus

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The Black-headed Honeyeater is the smaller of the two Melithreptushoneyeaters in Tasmania, with a wholly black head and throat, a fine black bill and a very pale blue to white crescent of bare skin over the eye. It has olive-green to brown upperparts and off-white underbody.

Black-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus affinus

HBW Species Account

Taxonomy: Eidopsarus affinis Lesson, 1839, Nova Wallia meridionalis = Tasmania. Closest to M. albogularis and M. lunatus, the three species characterized by tapering white napeband, uniformly citrine dorsum, white breast to vent, slender sepia-toned feet, and black of head extending to side of breast. May form a superspecies with M. lunatus. Birds on King I described as race alisteri, but no constant differences apparent between them and populations from mainland Tasmania and Flinders I. Monotypic.

Black-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus affinus

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Black-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus affinus

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Blue-faced Honeteater Entomyzon cyanotis

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The Blue-faced Honeyeater is a large black, white and golden olive-green honeyeater with striking blue skin around the yellow to white eye. The crown, face and neck are black, with a narrow white band across the back of the neck…

Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor

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Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor

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The crimson chat (Epthianura tricolor) is a species of small bird found in Australia. It is also known as the tricoloured chat, saltbush canary, and crimson-breasted nun.

Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor

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Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor

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The Crimson Chat is a small bird with a short decurved (downward curving) bill. Adult males are dark brown above, with a brilliant red crown, breast and rump, a black mask around the eye and white throat.

Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor

HBW Species Account

Taxonomy: Ephthianura tricolor Gould, 1841, Australia, ‘Hab.­?’ = Peel River, New South Wales, Australia. Genus name often spelt erroneously as Ephthianura. Genus was in the past sometimes placed in thornbill family (Acanthizidae), and more recent analyses of DNA-DNA hybridization indicate that it belongs with the honeyeaters (Meliphagidae); further study required. Monotypic.

Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor

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The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be sometimes numerous (Flegg and Madge 1995).

Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor

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Desert Chat (Gibberbird) Ashbyia lovensis

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Desert Chat (Gibberbird) Ashbyia lovensis

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The gibberbird (Ashbyia lovensis) is a species of chat within the passerine birds. This species, also known at the desert chat or gibber chat is endemic to Australia and the only species within the genus Ashbyia. This genus was in fact named after the South Australian ornithologist Edwin Ashby.[3] It, along with the four chats of the genus Epithianura, have sometimes been placed in a separate family, Epthianuridae (the Australian chats), but are now thought to be aberrant honeyeaters in the family Meliphagidae.

Desert Chat (Gibberbird) Ashbyia lovensis

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Desert Chat (Gibberbird) Ashbyia lovensis

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Desert Chat (Gibberbird) Ashbyia lovensis

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Helmeted (Yellow-tufted) Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops cassidix

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Helmeted Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops cassidix

Species Account

The Helmeted Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops cassidix (Gould, 1867) is the larger and more brilliantly coloured race of the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater. Previously regarded as a separate species, recent studies indicate an area of interbreeding between it and the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater.

Lewin's Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii

Species Account

The Lewin's honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii) is a bird that inhabits the ranges along the east coast of Australia. It has a semicircular ear patch, pale yellow in colour.

Lewin's Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii

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The Lewin's Honeyeater is small to medium in size. It is dark greenish grey in colour, with a creamy yellow gape (fleshy corners of the mouth). It has large, yellowish crescent-shaped ear patches. In flight, the pale yellow edges of the flight feathers can be seen.

Lewin's Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii

HBW Species Account

Taxonomy: Ptilotis lewinii Swainson, 1837, region of Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia. Molecular evidence suggests that genus consists of two clades; present species forms a group with M. notata and M. aruensis. Proposed race nea (from Dandenong, in Victoria) synonymized with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Lewin's Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii

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Lewin's Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii

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Orange Chat Epthianura aurifrons

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Orange Chat Epthianura aurifrons

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Orange Chat Epthianura aurifrons

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The orange chat (Epthianura aurifrons) is a species of bird in the family Meliphagidae. It is endemic to Australia.

Orange Chat Epthianura aurifrons

HBW Species Account

Taxonomy: Ephthianura aurifrons Gould, 1838, Gammon Plains, New South Wales, Australia. Genus name often spelt erroneously as Ephthianura. Genus was in the past sometimes placed in thornbill family (Acanthizidae), and more recent analyses of DNA-DNA hybridization indicate that it belongs with the honeyeaters (Meliphagidae); further study required. Monotypic.

Scarlet Honeyeater Myzomela sanguinolenta

Species Account

The adult male Scarlet Honeyeater is a vivid scarlet red and black bird with whitish underparts. The females and immature birds are dull brown with dull white underparts and a reddish wash on the chin. In both sexes the tail is relatively short, the bill strongly curved and the eye is dark.

Scarlet Honeyeater Myzomela sanguinolenta

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The scarlet myzomela (Myzomela sanguinolenta) also known as crimson honeyeater, scarlet honeyeater, sanguineous honeyeater or, colloquially, bloodbird, is a small passerine bird of the honeyeater family Meliphagidae native to the east coast of Australia, Indonesia and New Caledonia. It is the smallest honeyeater in Australia. The male is a striking bright red with black wings; the female is entirely brown.

Scarlet Honeyeater Myzomela sanguinolenta

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Strong-billed Honeyeater Melithreptus validirostris

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The Strong-billed Honeyeater is the larger of the two Tasmanian Melithreptus honeyeaters. It has a large, almost straight black bill with a heavy base and sharply pointed tip, as well as a strongly built neck and shoulders.

Strong-billed Honeyeater Melithreptus validirostris

Species Account

The strong-billed honeyeater (Melithreptus validirostris) is a species of bird in the family Meliphagidae. It is one of two species of the genus Melithreptus endemic to Tasmania. Its natural habitat is temperate forests.

Strong-billed Honeyeater Melithreptus validirostris

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Strong-billed Honeyeater Melithreptus validirostris

HBW Species Account

Taxonomy: Haematops validirostris Gould, 1837, Van Diemen’s Land = Tasmania. Forms a superspecies with M. gularis. Birds from King I (in Bass Strait) described as race kingi, but differences from those elsewhere in range appear too trivial to warrant naming of geographical races. Monotypic.

Strong-billed Honeyeater Melithreptus validirostris

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White-fronted Chat Epthianura albifrons

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The white-fronted chat (Epthianura albifrons) is a species of bird in the honeyeater family Meliphagidae native to southern Australia. The male has a white face bordered by a black breast band. It is insectivorous.

White-fronted Chat Epthianura albifrons

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White-fronted Chat Epthianura albifrons

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Male White-fronted Chats have a white face, breast and belly, dissected by a distinctive black band across the breast that extends around to the back of the head.

White-fronted Chat Epthianura albifrons

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Taxonomy: Acanthiza albifrons Jardine and Selby, 1828, New Holland = New South Wales, Australia. Genus name often spelt erroneously as Ephthianura. Genus was in the past sometimes placed in thornbill family (Acanthizidae), and more recent analyses of DNA-DNA hybridization indicate that it belongs with the honeyeaters (Meliphagidae); further study required. Tasmanian birds exhibit tendency towards larger size (mainly bill) than those from mainland Australia; described as a race, tasmanica, but differences slight and recognition of geographical races considered unwarranted. Monotypic.

White-fronted Chat Epthianura albifrons

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White-fronted Chat Epthianura albifrons

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Yellow Chat Epthianura crocea

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Yellow Chat Epthianura crocea

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Yellow Chat Epthianura crocea

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The yellow chat (Epthianura crocea) is a small passerine bird endemic to Australia. They are known for their remarkable adaptions that aid their survival in their arid habitat.

Yellow Chat Epthianura crocea

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The Yellow-breasted Chat offers a cascade of song in the spring, when males deliver streams of whistles, cackles, chuckles, and gurgles with the fluidity of improvisational jazz.

Yellow Chat Epthianura crocea

HBW Species Account

Taxonomy: Epthianura crocea Castelnau and E. P. Ramsay, 1877, Norman River, Queensland, Australia. Genus name often spelt erroneously as Ephthianura. Genus was in the past sometimes placed in thornbill family (Acanthizidae), and more recent analyses of DNA-DNA hybridization indicate that it belongs with the honeyeaters (Meliphagidae); further study required. Proposed race boweri (King Sound and R Fitzroy, in N Western Australia) now considered synonymous with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Yellow Chat Epthianura crocea

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Yellow Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavus

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Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Yellow Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavus

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeater is a medium to small, plainly coloured honeyeater with a slightly down-curved bill. It is dark grey-brown above, with some brown streaking on the head, and paler below with lighter streaks. It has a distinctive, broad yellow face-stripe, bordered with black. The males are slightly larger but the sexes are otherwise similar. Young are paler and unstreaked on the head. It can be seen in large flocks when migrating, and in smaller groups when feeding.

Yellow Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavus

HBW Species Account

Taxonomy: Ptilotis flava Gould, 1843, Port Essington, N coast of Australia = Cape York, north-east Queensland, Australia. Thought to form a species group with L. unicolor. Geographical variation possibly clinal (e.g. wing length appears to decrease clinally from S to N, but much individual variation), and differences between races slight; races appear to be separated by high ridges of Burdekin-Lynd Divide but may come into contact along narrow lowland corridor E of Great Divide, and apparently intergrade where they abut; more material from S of range required. Two subspecies provisionally recognized.

Yellow Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavus

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With its olive-yellow head bisected by a broad black mask that extends from the base of its bill, over its eyes, to the sides of its neck, the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater is a striking bird.

Yellow Wattlebird Anthochaera paradoxa

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The yellow wattlebird (Anthochaera paradoxa) is a species of bird in the family Meliphagidae.[1] Other names include the long or Tasmanian wattlebird.

Yellow Wattlebird Anthochaera paradoxa

Species Account

The Yellow Wattlebird is Australia's largest honeyeater. It is a slim bird with a long tail, a short strong bill and distinctive yellow-orange wattles on the sides of the head. These wattles become larger and brighter during the breeding season.

Yellow Wattlebird Anthochaera paradoxa

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Yellow Wattlebird Anthochaera paradoxa

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Taxonomy: Corvus paradoxus Daudin, 1800, Nouvelle Zélande; error = south-east Tasmania, Australia. May form a superspecies with A. carunculata. Two subspecies recognized.

Yellow Wattlebird Anthochaera paradoxa

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Yellow-throated Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavicollis

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The yellow-throated honeyeater (Nesoptilotis flavicollis), also known as the green cherry-picker, green dick or green linnet is a species of bird in the family Meliphagidae. It is similar in behaviour and appearance to the white-eared honeyeater and is endemic to Australia's island state of Tasmania. It was formerly considered a pest of orchards.

Yellow-throated Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavicollis

Species Account

The Yellow-throated Honeyeater is a medium to large slim-bodied honeyeater with a relatively long tail and a distinctive bright yellow chin and throat. It is a bright olive green above, with a silver-grey head, neck and underbody, and the yellow throat is bordered by a narrow black band.

Yellow-throated Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavicollis

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Yellow-throated Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavicollis

HBW Species Account

Taxonomy: Melithreptus flavicollis Vieillot, 1817, Nouvelle Hollande = King Island, Bass Strait, southern Australia. Forms a superspecies with L. leucotis. Monotypic.

Yellow-throated Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavicollis

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Number of Species

Number of bird species: 187

Organisations

Regent Honeyeater Project

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Colour-banding of Regent Honeyeaters in the Capertee Valley, west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia… + Images