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Yellow-throated Honeyeater - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Ken Doy
Coningham, Tasmania, 18 November 2022
Nesoptilotis flavicollis

Lichenostomus flavicollis

Identification

Photo © by jweeyh
Tasmania, Australia, May 2017

Male 20–23 cm (7¾-9 in); female 18–20 cm (7-7¾ in)

  • Bright olive green upperparts
  • Dark silvery-grey head, neck and underparts
  • Yellow throat bordered by a narrow black band
  • Yellow chin
  • Small yellow ear-patch
  • Wing feathers outlined with yellow
  • Black bill
  • Reddish-brown eye

Females are smaller than males.
Young birds are very similar to adults, but duller overall.

Distribution

Australasia: Endemic to Tasmania, King Island and Furneaux Group (Bass Strait)

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Formerly placed in the genus Lichenostomus.

Habitat

Dry and wet forests, dominated by eucalyptus woodlands, sub-alpine forests, temperate rainforest, wet scrubs and coastal heathlands, parks, gardens, reserves in urban areas and orchards.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet consists of arthropods, insects and spiders; nectar, fruit and most likely seeds too. They feed at all levels from the canopy down, but not often on the ground.

Breeding

The female constructs the small, cup-shaped nest from closely woven grass, bark and spider-web. It is lined with mammal fur or hair and placed close to the ground in dense shrubs. She incubates the eggs and also feeds the young.

The nests are parasitised by both Pallid Cuckoo and Fan-tailed Cuckoo.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)
  3. Birds in Backyards

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External Links

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