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New Holland Honeyeater - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Neil
Sydney, Australia June 2004
Phylidonyris novaehollandiae


Black and white, large yellow wing patch, yellow sides on the tail, small white ear patch, a thin white whisker at the base of the bill and a white eye.

Sexes are similar, females slightly smaller.

Young birds are browner and have a grey eye.

Similar Species

White-cheeked Honeyeater see image by Peter Day for comparison.

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Photo © by Peter Day
Private property nr Normanville South Australia, 23 September 2016

Australia: found in south east Queensland to Victoria, South Australia. South West Western Australia'



There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • P. n. novaehollandiae:
  • P. n. caudatus:
  • King Island and Flinders Islands (Bass Strait)
  • P. n. canescens:
    P. n. campbelli:
  • Kangaroo Island (South Australia)
  • P. n. longirostris:


Low scrub, swamps, heath, woodlands particularly where banksias are common.



They eat mainly nectar but also fruit, insects and spiders.


The cup-shaped nest is made of bark and grasses, bound together with spider web, lined with soft material and is placed in a bush or tree. Both sexes feed the chicks. A pair of adults may raise two or three broods in a year.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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