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White-eared Honeyeater - BirdForum Opus

Photo by julien
Ross Creek, Victoria, Australia
Nesoptilotis leucotis


It has a noticeable white splash behind the eyes, the 'ears', on a mainly black head, throat and beak. The top of the head is a dark grey colour. The body is a green colour, shading to a softer yellow underbelly.


The White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis) is an Australian bird found in south east Australia, south west Australia an into south west of Queensland.


Two subspecies recognized:

The formerly accepted subspecies thomasi is now merged with leucotis.
Formerly placed in the genus Lichenostomus.


Dry eucalypt forests and woodlands, with a well-developed understorey, heath, shrubland and scrub habitats, and at a variety of altitudes.


The diet includes insects, nectar, fruit, manna, lerp, and honeydew.

The nests are built close to the ground in shrubs or low trees; the nest is a deep, thick-walled, open cup, lined with the fur or hair of mammals, including humans. The eggs are incubated by the female, while both parents feed the young. Nests are parasitized by the Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo, the Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo and Shining Bronze-Cuckoo.

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