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Yellow-spotted Honeyeater

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Photo by mehdhalaouateJulaten, North Queensland, Australia, May 2005
Photo by mehdhalaouate
Julaten, North Queensland, Australia, May 2005
Meliphaga notata


[edit] Identification

16·5–20 cm (6½-7¾ in)

  • Brownish upperparts with darker brown blotches on the back
  • Lighter olive-brown underparts
  • Yellow patch behind eye
  • Yellow line runs from bill to below eye
  • Brown eyes, legs and feet
  • Brownish-black bill

[edit] Distribution

Australia - Coastal region of far North Queensland.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • M. n. notata:
  • North Queensland (Cape York Peninsula and islands in south-wetern Torres Strait)
  • M. n. mixta:
  • North East Queensland (Mossman to Burdekin River)

[edit] Habitat

They are mostly found in lowland tropical rainforest, vine thickets and woodlands, suburban gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of nectar, fruit and insects, usually foraging between 3-12 m in shrubs or trees.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is a deep cup, formed from strips of bark, plant fibre and moss.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)

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