Size: Averages 16 cm long with tail, 17 g.
Range and lifestyle: Found in eastern Australia except the far north, mainly east of the Dividing Range. Most birds visiting Queensland are migrants from southern states, but around Brisbane, some are probably resident.
Food: Nectar and insects.
Breeding: Females build the cup-shaped nest in the foliage of trees or shrubs, and incubate 2–3 eggs for about 14 days. Both parents feed the chicks.
This small honeyeater is probably the most abundant bird in Brisbane during autumn and winter, owing to large numbers “on holiday” from New South Wales and Victoria. When the weather becomes warmer, most individuals migrate south again to breed.
During autumn, small flocks can sometimes be seen flying north over the mountains presumably to their wintering areas.
Although many birds breed in eucalypt forests in the Brisbane region during spring, it is not known whether they stay year-round or not.
Text © Richard Noske 2021 CC BY-NC-SA
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