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Crescent Honeyeater

From Opus

Photo © by Nora Mount Macedon, Victoria, September 2008
Photo © by Nora
Mount Macedon, Victoria, September 2008
Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus

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[edit] Identification

14–17 cm (5½-6¾ in)
Male

  • Dark grey upperparts
  • Pale brown-grey-white below
  • Yellow wing patches
  • White streak above eye
  • Dark crescent across both sides of breast, white line below crescent
  • White tail markings
  • Red brown iris
  • Downcurved bill
FemalePhoto © by Michele SawyerMcLaren Vale, South Australia, September 2004
Female
Photo © by Michele Sawyer
McLaren Vale, South Australia, September 2004

Female

  • Olive brown upperparts
  • White-brown-grey below
  • Olive yellow wing patches
  • Olive crescent across both sides of breast

[edit] Distribution

South east Australia: found in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

Locally fairly common on the mainland, often common in Tasmania.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]

  • P. p. pyrrhopterus:
  • P. p. halmaturinus:
  • Mount Lofty Range and Kangaroo Island (South Australia)

Three additional subspecies - rex, inornatus and indistinctus are generally considered invalid[2].

Subspecies halmaturinaPhoto © by The Bosun Brownhill Creek Conservation Park, Adelaide, South Australia, June 2010
Subspecies halmaturina
Photo © by The Bosun
Brownhill Creek Conservation Park, Adelaide, South Australia, June 2010

[edit] Habitat

Woodland, forest, scrub and heath and gardens.


[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes nectar, insects and fruit.

[edit] Breeding

The cup shaped nest is built by the female, from twigs, grass, bark, and plant materials; it is lined with moss, fur, and down. The eggs are incubated by the female; the young are fed by both parents.

[edit] References

Subspecies halmaturinaPhoto © by peterday Normanville, Adelaide, South Australia, Jan 2016
Subspecies halmaturina
Photo © by peterday
Normanville, Adelaide, South Australia, Jan 2016
  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Avibase
  3. Birds in Backyards
  4. BF Member observations

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