Melithreptus duo

There are three species of Melithreptus honeyeaters to be found locally, Brown-headed and White-naped are common, Black-chinned less so. On occasions all three species can be seen foraging together – their habitat and diets are quite similar. I was captivated by a mass gathering of our two common Melithreptus at the weekend, feeding in a small Yellow Box at the corner of Mia Mia Road and the Pyrenees Highway. The flock was joined by a number of Striated Pardalotes and a Crested Shrike-tit … compulsory viewing!


White-naped Honeyeater and Yellow Box, Mia Mia Road, 19th July 2015.


That lovely orange eye-lid on display.


This time with a Brown-headed Honeyeater for company.


Brown-headed Honeyeater, Mia Mia Road, 19th July 2015.


Snapped on the move.


This individual suddenly descended to earth for no apparent reason – perhaps it was this little patch of sunshine!

* Melithreptus Gr. melithreptos honey-fed.

2 responses to “Melithreptus duo

  1. In Paddy’s Ranges, not 40km away, White-naped are uncommon but Brown-headed and Black-chinned are often seen together.

  2. Sometimes I think you got a colouring set for Christmas and the pictures of birds are all hand coloured sparrows !… I can’t believe there are so many beautifull birds in the Newstead area .. Love your work regards Alex

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