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Yellow-faced Honeyeater - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies C.c.chrsops
Photo © by lima
Swanpool, Victoria, Australia, November 2005
Subspecies C.c.samueli
Photo © by peterday
Polwarth, South australia, October 2019
Caligavis chrysops

Lichenostomus chrysops


  • Dark greyish-brown upper parts
  • Brown streaks on head
  • Paler under parts with lighter streaks
  • Broad yellow face-stripe, bordered with black
  • Blue eye

The males are slightly larger but the sexes are otherwise similar.

Young are paler without head streaking


Eastern and south-eastern Australia (southern Flinders Ranges to Mount Lofty Range). Winters to the north, moving through the trees in very large flocks.


Formerly placed in the genus Lichenostomus.


Subspecies C.c.barroni
Photo © by peterday
Kingfisher Park, Queensland, Australia, July 2021
Subspecies C.c.samueli
Photo © by Rose Fletcher
Nangawooka Flora Reserve, Victor Harbor, South Australia September 2007

Three subspecies recognized[1]:


Open forests and woodlands, often near water and wetlands.



The diet includes nectar, pollen, fruit, seeds, and insects.


The cup-shaped nest is woven by the female low in hedges, vines, garden shrubs and forests. The female incubates the eggs, with both adults feeding the young.

The nests can be parasitised by the Shining Bronze-Cuckoo and Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, as well as the Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Brush Cuckoo and, particularly, Pallid Cuckoo.


Makes a "chip-chip" or "chip-u-chip" call, interspersed with short nasal buzzing noises.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birds in Backyards
  3. https://ebird.org/species
  4. Macaulay Library bird calls, https://www.macaulaylibrary.org

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