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  Black Honeyeater (Certhionyx niger)





Black Honeyeater | Certhionyx niger photo
Black Honeyeater on a Jacaranda

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BLACK HONEYEATER FACTS

Description
The Black Honeyeater is a honeyeater endemic to Australia. The male has a black head, neck, wings and upper parts, and a black stripe running down the centre of the chest, with a white underside. The female is pale brown above with paler scalloped markings, speckled grey-brown chest and pale belly. Both male and female have brown bill and legs. The bill is long slender and curves downwards. Immature birds are similar to the adult female.

Size
12 cm

Habitat
open woodlands and shrubland

Food
feeds on nectar

Breeding
The nest is an open cup shape made from twigs, grass, and other plant material bound with spider web, and lined with grass and other fine fibre and hair or wool. The female lays two to three eggs.

Range
found in inland Australia in all mainland states

distribution map showing range of Certhionyx niger in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Meliphagidae
Genus:Certhionyx
Species:niger
Common Name:Black Honeyeater