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JULY BIRD OF THE MONTH

THE YELLOW- FACED HONEYEATER

We commonly see the Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Caligavis chrysops) at Kumbartcho Sanctuary most times of the year, but greater numbers are recorded during the cooler months when migratory flocks from the south arrive. This pretty bird has a wide distribution through eastern and south-eastern mainland Australia, from north Queensland to eastern South Australia and is one of the most frequently seen honeyeater species. It inhabits open eucalypt forest and woodland and is also seen in urban parks and gardens. On The South Pine River we have recorded it singularly or in small flocks actively feeding on insects, flowers and nectar in the tree tops. These birds are rarely seen on the ground.Favoured flowering plants include Eucalypt, Banksia and Grevillea species.

It is quite a noisy honeyeater with very distinctive calls – the most common being a loud cheery and repeated “chick-up” call. Apparently it is one of the first birds to be heard in the morning, often 20-30 minutes before dawn. The species is a medium to small honeyeater, dark grey brown in colour above, and lighter and faintly streaked below. It has a black-bordered distinctive broad yellow face stripe running through the eyes, with a small yellow or white spot above the eye. Both males and females have similar colouring and males are slightly larger in size. Juveniles are paler.

The migrant populations will return south in the spring but some will remain on The South Pine River, ensuring we encounter this cheerful active species most months of the year.

Sources: Birdlife Australia, Atlas of Living Australia, Birds of Australia (Michael Morcombe)

Helen King



 

 

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