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Includes: Helmeted Honeyeater
16Â·5â€“21 cm (6Â½-8Â¼ in)
Eastern and south-eastern mainland Australia.
There are 3 subspecies
Open dry sclerophyll forests and woodlands dominated by eucalypts; often near water. They sometimes visit gardens. L. m. cassidix is found in narrow patches of tall forest along streams or in swamps.
The main diet consists of arthropods (mostly insects with some spiders); occasionally snails. They also eat nectar from eucalypt flowers.
They breed in colonies. Pairs are monogamous and the pair are sometimes assisted with feeding and nest cleaning by 'helpers'. They construct a tightly woven, cup-shaped nest. The females do most of the incubation, with both parents, and any helpers, feed the young. Two or three broods may be raised in a season.
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