My favourite honeyeater

My favourite local honeyeater is Melithreptus gularis, the Black-chinned Honeyeater.

While I hear its distinctive harsh trill most times I venture into the bush, it is not nearly as abundant or obvious as its companion species found in the same habitat – Yellow-tufted, Fuscous, White-naped and Brown-headed Honeyeaters. What also makes it a little special is that it is regarded as an element of the threatened Victorian Temperate Woodland Bird Community and thought to be declining over much of its range. This community was listed under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988) as a threatened ecological community. Black-chinned Honeyeaters were probably never common and their numbers and distribution remains restricted to this day.

I’m sure you’ll appreciate from the photographs below that it’s a distinctive and striking bird. That brilliant blue eyelid and narrow black ‘beard’ set it apart from its relatives.

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Black-chinned Honeyeater, Mia Mia Track, 29th March 2016

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Take note of the lerp on the tip pf the bill – this species is a gleaning specialist.

6 responses to “My favourite honeyeater

  1. What a great pic Geoff. I only ever see them if I venture down Happy Valley road and into the woodland there.

  2. Beautiful bird and great shots, Geoff!

  3. Wonderful photos Geoff, thanks.

  4. Thanks Geoff, another delight of the bird world

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