Here to stay!

In recent months I’ve been observing Blue-faced Honeyeaters more and more often around town. The calls of this recently arrived species are now part of the local soundscape. Earlier in the week I arrived home to see two sitting above the bird bath in the front yard. It was interesting to watch a Red Wattlebird swoop in and join the honeyeaters. In normal circumstances the wattlebird would have caused any smaller birds, even rosellas and galahs, to quickly disperse. The Blue-faced Honeyeater is a similar size to a Red Wattlebird and just as aggressive – they didn’t even blink upon the arrival of the wattlebird.

Blue-faced Honeyeater, Wyndham Street Newstead, 4th April 2019

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2 responses to “Here to stay!

  1. I live in Armidale and we have had two Blue-faced Honeyeaters living across the road at the school for about 2 years. They only ever hung about with the Red Wattlebirds. In the end they moved on, whether that was due to Currawongs is hotly debated in our house! They had previously lived around the University of New England before us, so I just hope they have gone somewhere a little warmer. They are unusual in Armidale but are found to the west on the warmer slopes.

  2. The fledging Blue faced honeyeater will go up to any other bird asking to be fed, seen them go to butcherbirds, magpies, crested pigeons, noisy miners, they just don’t seem to get it.

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