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Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

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Photo by TanninChiltern, north-east Victoria, Australia, February 2004
Photo by Tannin
Chiltern, north-east Victoria, Australia, February 2004
Lichenostomus melanops

Includes: Helmeted Honeyeater

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[edit] Identification

Olive-brown above, yellow grey below, black face mask, bright yellow ear tufts and sides of the throat, down-curved bill. Sexes similar. Young are duller and paler, with yellow areas washed green. [2]

[edit] Distribution

Eastern and south-eastern mainland Australia.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]

  • L. m. meltoni:
  • L. m. melanops:
  • Eastern New South Wales (about Lismore to Jervis Bay)
  • L. m. cassidix: Helmeted Honeyeater is much larger, with brighter plumage
  • South-central Victoria (Yellingbo district of West Gippsland)

[edit] Habitat

Open dry forests and woodlands dominated by eucalypts, and often near water; sometimes visit gardens. L. m. cassidix is found in narrow patches of tall forest along streams or in swamps.[2]

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes nectar from eucalypt flowers and insects from leaves and bark.

[edit] Breeding

They breeding in colonies. Pairs are monogamous and parents are occasionally assisted with feeding and nest cleaning by 'helpers'. They build a tightly woven, cup-shaped nest. The females do most of the incubation, but both parents, plus any helpers, feed the young. Two or three broods may be raised in a season.[2]

[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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birds in Backyards

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