The painter’s brush

The White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus is one of our most abundant local honeyeaters. It can be found throughout wooded areas and is common around town gardens, but tends to favour riparian habitats – this one was spotted today near the Loddon River.


White-Plumed Honeyeater, Loddon River @ Newstead, 12th June 2016

This species goes by a wider variety of common names – it’s sometimes known as the Native Canary. Its specific epithet is from the Latin penicillus, meaning ‘a painter’s brush’, which refers to the brush-like shape of the cheek plume. Most apt!





3 responses to “The painter’s brush

  1. Congratulations on the beautiful, fine details of your photographs. It almost seems like I could reach out and stroke the lovely texture of the feathers that you have captured here.

  2. Helen van den Berg

    Hi you may see this bird in the coming months especailly if there is a grevillea or gum tree in flower Helen van den Berg 23 Spring St Niddrie Victoria 3042 Phone 03 9379 1185


  3. Beautiful Shots Geoff…

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