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White-fronted Honeyeater - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Ken Doy
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands, Brisbane, Queensland, February 2020
Purnella albifrons

Phylidonyris albifrons


13–18·5 cm (5-7¼ in)

  • White face mask
  • White moustache
  • Grey cheek patch
  • Blackish-brown throat and upper chest with white specks
  • Dark brown back
  • Brown wings with yellow panels
  • Black-streaked white underparts
  • Reddish-brown streaked rump
  • Brownish-grey undertail
  • Small pinkish-red eye spot
  • Reddish-brown eye
  • Long, strong, curved bill

Young birds are similar to adults but are paler and lack the bold face markings.


Photo © by Swiss7
South Australia

Woodlands of inland Australia, to southern and western coasts.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Dense mallee eucalypt scrub. Shrubby woodland and heaths.



The diet consists mostly of nectar, with the addition of insects and honeydew.


The cup-shaped nest is built by the female from woven grass, bark, stems, spider web and roots and lined with soft materials such as wool, grass, fur, cotton etc. The female is responsible for incubating the eggs and brooding the young while both adults share the feeding. There may be a second brood.

Nests may be parasitised by Pallid Cuckoos or Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoos.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birds in Backyards
  3. Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). White-fronted Honeyeater (Purnella albifrons). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60305 on 28 February 2020)

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