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.
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!