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Blue-faced Honeyeater

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Subspecies albipennisPhoto © by Hans&Judy BesteMount Molloy, North Queensland, Australia, 1984
Subspecies albipennis
Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Mount Molloy, North Queensland, Australia, 1984
Entomyzon cyanotis


[edit] Identification

JuvenilePhoto © by tcollinsDarwin, Northern Territory, Australia, April 2009
Photo © by tcollins
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, April 2009

26–32·3 cm (10¼-12¾ in)

  • White underparts
  • Olive back and wings
  • Bare blue skin around eye
  • Blackish head and throat
  • White stripe round nape


  • Fledgling is 'red/brown' changing to bronze then yellow maturing through green and finally blue face patch.

[edit] Distribution

Southeast Asia and Australasia
South-east Asia: Indonesia
Australasia: Papua New Guinea, Australia, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Photo © by Hans&Judy BesteTaromeo, S.E. Queensland, July 2018
Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Taromeo, S.E. Queensland, July 2018

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • E. c. harterti:
  • E. c. albipennis:
  • E. c. griseigularis:
  • E. c. cyanotis:

[edit] Habitat

It is found in tropical, sub-tropical and wetter temperate or semi-arid zones, mostly in open forests and woodlands close to water, mangroves and coastal heathland, wallum areas. Open scrub and suburban gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

The greet each other by lowering the head and opening the mouth in a wide yawning gape.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects, pollen, fruit, (especially bananas or grapes) and nectar.

[edit] Breeding

It builds a bowl shaped nest from twigs and bark. The clutch consists of 2 buff-pink eggs, splotched with red-brown or purple. The nest is parasitised by the Asian Koel.

Sub-adults help feed the juveniles.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: ki-owt.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)
  4. Wikipedia
  5. BF Member observations

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