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Subspecies albipennis
Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Mount Molloy, North Queensland, Australia, 1984
Entomyzon cyanotis


Female on left – Male on right
Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Blackbutt, Queensland, Australia, 21 February 2017

26–32·3 cm (10¼-12¾ in)

  • White underparts
  • Olive back and wings
  • Bare blue skin around eye
  • Blackish head and throat
  • White stripe round nape


  • Fledgling is 'red/brown' changing to bronze then yellow maturing through green and finally blue face patch.


Photo © by tcollins
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, April 2009

Southeast Asia and Australasia
South-east Asia: Indonesia
Australasia: Papua New Guinea, Australia, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia.


Photo © by lima
Benalla, Victoria, Australia, 17 July 2005

This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 4 subspecies.


Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Taromeo, S.E. Queensland, July 2018
  • E. c. albipennis:
  • E. c. harterti:
  • E. c. griseigularis:
  • E. c. cyanotis:


It is found in tropical, sub-tropical and wetter temperate or semi-arid zones, mostly in open forests and woodlands close to water, mangroves and coastal heathland, wallum areas. Open scrub and suburban gardens.


The greet each other by lowering the head and opening the mouth in a wide yawning gape.


The diet includes insects, pollen, fruit, (especially bananas or grapes) and nectar.


It builds a bowl shaped nest from twigs and bark. The clutch consists of 2 buff-pink eggs, splotched with red-brown or purple. The nest is parasitised by the Asian Koel.

Sub-adults help feed the juveniles.


Call: ki-owt.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/3EB7F778 ]. Retrieved 10 November 2021
  3. Higgins, P. J., J. del Hoyo, N. Collar, L. Christidis, G. M. Kirwan, and H. Ford (2020). Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, B. K. Keeney, P. G. Rodewald, and T. S. Schulenberg, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.blfhon1.01
  4. Wikipedia
  5. BF Member observations

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