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Tawny-crowned Honeyeater

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Photo © by Neil fiferSydney, Australia, July 2006
Photo © by Neil fifer
Sydney, Australia, July 2006
Gliciphila melanops

Phylidonyris melanops


[edit] Identification

Photo © by Peter DayKangaroo Island, South Australia, March 2017
Photo © by Peter Day
Kangaroo Island, South Australia, March 2017

14–18 cm (5½-7 in)

  • Cinnamon crown
  • White forehead and supercilium
  • Black mask through the eye and extending down the neck sides to the breast
  • White throat
  • Greyish-brown upperparts
  • Olive-brown streaks and mottling on mantle and back
  • White underparts

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to Australia.

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly placed in genus Phylidonyris.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 ubspecies[1]:

  • G. m. melanops:
  • G. m. chelidonia:

[edit] Habitat

Coastal and inland dryish heaths and low woodland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of nectar taken from a wide variety of flowering shrubs. They also eat insects, often taken in flight.

[edit] Breeding

They construct a strong cup nest from twigs, strips of bark and grass. It is lined with with soft material such as plant down, wool and fur. It is placed in a clump of grass or low in a dense bush. The clutch is thought to contain or 2 or three eggs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)
  3. Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges species sheet

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