The Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis is a very interesting species. Found along the east coast of Australia, from eastern South Australia, it ranges into the Kimberley in the far north. It is generally associated with riparian areas but can be found in drier forests, especially outside the breeding season.
I have seen it intermittently in our district over a number of years and there are small colonies established around Maryborough and near Castlemaine. I suspect it is on the increase. It a species that does well near human settlements, exploiting orchards and golf-courses for example, where food such as fruit and nectar is abundant from exotic plantings of both native and introduced species. I was recently alerted to the presence of one, and possibly two birds between Strangways and Guildford. This bird appeared a few months back and has made itself quite at home. I’d be interested to hear of other local observations and especially any thoughts on changes in numbers over recent years.
Many thanks to Roger and Lynn Sellwood for this observation.