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Brown-headed Honeyeater

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Photo by peterday Cox's Scrub, south of Adelaide, Australia, 25 October 2013
Photo by peterday
Cox's Scrub, south of Adelaide, Australia, 25 October 2013
Melithreptus brevirostris

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[edit] Identification

  • Olive green upperparts
  • Grey or buff underparts

Head

  • Brown
  • Pale line across back
  • Yellow-orange eyering all the way round the eye.
  • Dark eye
Juvenile Photo by Rose FletcherNangawooka Flora Reserve, Victor Harbor, South Australia, April 2008
Juvenile
Photo by Rose Fletcher
Nangawooka Flora Reserve, Victor Harbor, South Australia, April 2008

Juveniles have blue eyering

[edit] Distribution

Australia: found in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Subpecies brevirostrisPhoto by Tannin Kilawarra, central-eastern Victoria, Australia, October 2005
Subpecies brevirostris
Photo by Tannin
Kilawarra, central-eastern Victoria, Australia, October 2005

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • M. b. brevirostris:
  • M. b. wombeyi:
  • Southern Victoria (OtwayPeninsula and Gippsland)
  • M. b. pallidiceps:
  • M. b. magnirostris:
  • M. b. leucogenys:

An additional subspecies M.b. augustus is generally considered invalid[1].

[edit] Habitat

Rainforest, eucalypt forest, woodlands, swamp-woodlands. Scrublands - mallee, belar; coastal tea-tree; banksia scrubs.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The food includes mainly insects with some nectar.

[edit] Breeding

It builds a cup shaped nest from bark, grass, animal hair, bound with spiderweb.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birds in Backyards
  4. BF Member observations

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