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  White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris nigra)





White-cheeked Honeyeater | Phylidonyris nigra photo
White-cheeked Honeyeater in Australia.

Image by Tim from Ithaca - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

White-cheeked Honeyeater | Phylidonyris nigra photo
White-cheeked Honeyeater

Image by Brett Donald - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



BIRD FACTS

Description
The White-cheeked Honeyeater is a black and white honeyeater, with a long bill that curves downwards. It has large bright yellow tail and yellow panels on the wings. The head is black with white cheek patch. Young birds are duller with brownish plumage.

Size
16-18cm

Habitat
moist heathlands, wetlands, forests, woodlands with a heath understorey

Food
mainly nectar, also some insects

Breeding
The nest is cup-shaped made from twigs, bark, and other plant materials, lined with pieces of flowers. The nest is placed low in forked branch of tree or shrub, often close to the ground, well-concealed in dense foliage or long grass. Lays 1 - 3 eggs.

Range
eastern and south-western Australia, from east of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland through coastal New South Wales. Also found in south-western Western Australia

distribution map showing range of Phylidonyris nigra 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


Notes
Similar to New holland Honeyeater. The White-cheeked Honeyeater has dark eye - the New Holland Honeyeater has white eye.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Meliphagidae
Genus:Phylidonyris
Species:nigra
Common Name:White-cheeked Honeyeater

Relatives in same Genus
  New Holland Honeyeater (P. novaehollandiae)
  Crescent Honeyeater (P. pyrrhoptera)