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.