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Includes Swan River Honeyeater
Olive-green above, black cap, white band across the back of the neck, bright orange crescent above the eye, grey brown flanks and sides of the breast, white underparts, short, slender bill. Young birds lack the black cap and the white nape is duller or absent.
Melithreptus lunatus has two subspecies:
Open forests and woodlands, mainly in the temperate zone, and urban gardens.
The diet includes nectar and insects, honeydew and manna.
The female builds a small open cup nest out of grass, bark and spider web, high up in a tree or sapling and she incubates the eggs. At least two broods are raised in a season. The nests can be parasitised by the Fan-tailed Cuckoo and Pallid Cuckoo.
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