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White-fronted Honeyeater

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Photo by Peter-MarieBuronga, New South Wales, Australia, October 2012
Photo by Peter-Marie
Buronga, New South Wales, Australia, October 2012
Purnella albifrons

Phylidonyris albifrons


[edit] Identification

  • White face mask
  • White moustache
  • Grey cheek patch
  • Blackish-brown throat and upper chest with white specks
  • Dark brown back
  • Brown wings with yellow panels
  • Black-streaked white underparts
  • Reddish-brown streaked rump
  • Brownish-grey undertail
  • Small pinkish-red eye spot
  • Reddish-brown eye
  • Long, strong, curved bill

Young birds are similar to adults but are paler and lack the bold face markings.

[edit] Distribution

Woodlands of inland Australia, to southern and western coasts.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Mallee scrub.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes nectar, insects and honeydew.

[edit] Breeding

The cup-shaped nest is built by the female from woven grass, bark, stems, spider web and roots and lined with soft materials such as wool, grass, fur, cotton etc. The female is responsible for incubating the eggs and brooding the young while both adults share the feeding.

Nests may be parasitised by Pallid Cuckoos or Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoos.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Birds in Backyards

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