White-naped Honeyeater

The White-naped Honeyeater is a distinctive local species – adults have a striking orange-red ‘eye-lid’, which is actually bare skin above the eye. This feature is characteristic of Melithreptus honeyeaters – local species of the genus include the Black-chinned Honeyeater (adult has blue eye skin) and Brown-headed Honeyeater (adult has cream eye skin). 

White-naped Honeyeaters can be encountered year-round locally, but they are something of a blossom nomad and, at least in my experience, are more abundant when Grey Box and Yellow Gum are flowering, which is typically from March until the end of winter.

At the Rise and Shine earlier in the week they were the most common visitors to this small bushland pool, outnumbering the Fuscous and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters. 

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White-naped Honeyeater, Rise and Shine, 31st March 2021

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SP

Female Spotted Pardalote

Fuscous1

Fuscous Honeyeater

Crimson

Immature Crimson Rosella

Chough

White-winged Chough

One response to “White-naped Honeyeater

  1. Lesley Ann Dalziel

    Hello Geoff, I have all three regularly visiting my bird bath at the moment. Also Yellow Faced, and the usual suspects, New Holland and White Plumed.

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