Juvenile Blue Faced Honeyeater
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The conditions were cloudy with a light rain. I was located on a covered second level balcony.
Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis cyanotis
Did you know?
The Blue-faced Honeyeater is one of the first birds heard calling in the morning, often calling 30 minutes before sunrise.
Scientific Name: Entomyzon cyanotis
Featured bird groups: Honeyeaters
What does it look like?
The Blue-faced Honeyeater is a large black, white and golden olive-green honeyeater with striking blue skin around the yellow to white eye. The crown, face and neck are black, with a narrow white band across the back of the neck. The upperparts and wings are a golden olive green, and the underparts are white, with a grey-black throat and upper breast. The blue facial skin is two-toned, with the lower half a brilliant cobalt blue. Juvenile birds are similar to the adults but the facial skin is yellow-green and the bib is a lighter grey. This honeyeater is noisy and gregarious, and is usually seen in pairs or small flocks. It is known as the Banana-bird in tropical areas, for its habit of feeding on banana fruit and flowers.
The Blue-faced Honeyeater is not easily mistaken for any other bird. Its golden-green upperparts and pure white underbody distinguish it from similarly sized species with similar behaviour, such as friarbirds, wattlebirds and miners.
Where does it live?
The Blue-faced Honeyeater is found in northern and eastern mainland Australia, from the Kimberley region, Western Australia to near Adelaide, South Australia, being more common in the north of its range. It is not found in central southern New South Wales or eastern Victoria. This species is also found in Papua New Guinea.
The Blue-faced Honeyeater is found in tropical, sub-tropical and wetter temperate or semi-arid zones. It is mostly found in open forests and woodlands close to water, as well as monsoon forests, mangroves and coastal heathlands. It is often seen in banana plantations, orchards, farm lands and in urban parks, gardens and golf courses.
Considered sedentary in the north of its range, and locally nomadic in the south. Some regular seasonal movements observed in parts of New South Wales and southern Queensland.
What does it do?
The Blue-faced Honeyeater feeds mostly on insects and other invertebrates, but also eats nectar and fruit from native and exotic plants. It forages in pairs or noisy flocks of up to seven birds (occasionally many more) on the bark and limbs of trees, as well as on flowers and foliage. These flocks tend to exclude other birds from the feeding area, but they do feed in association with other species such as Yellow-throated Miners and Little Friarbirds.
The Blue-faced Honeyeater forms breeding pairs, and may sometimes be a cooperative breeder, where immature birds help the main breeding pair to feed nestlings. Most nests are made on the abandoned nests of Grey-crowned Babblers, Noisy, Silver-crowned and Little Friarbirds, Noisy Miner, Red Wattlebird, Australian Magpie, Magpie-Lark and, rarely, butcherbirds or the Chestnut-crowned Babbler. Sometimes the nests are not modified, but often they are added to and relined. If a new nest is built, it is a neat round cup of rough bark, linked with finer bark and grass. Both the male and female tend the young birds, sometimes with the assistance of helpers. The fledglings remain with the parents for some time after fledging.
Living with us
The Blue-faced Honeyeater can sometimes be a pest in orchards.
Source: Birdlife Australia
Field guide to the birds of Australia, 6th Edition
Field Guide to the Birds of Australia.
Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds, Volume 6: Pardalotes to Shrike-thrushes.
The Honeyeaters and their Allies of Australia
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- [2013-01-01 12:37]
A very special photo of not mothers beautiest. But the photo is superb! Great sharpness, details, POV and beautiful colours. Taken from an excellent POV with a great background.
really an excellent image, sharp and clear in every detail.Superlative the performance of wet plumage and the eye contact.Truly a surly look.Natural colours are beautiful.The note is also worthy of a mention, it's rather complete.
great capture of this juvenile Entomyzon cyanotis between the branches and foliage
like the natural colors of this portrait
good start Colin...and happy 2013!
- [2013-01-01 13:00]
very wet indeed dear Colin
great note and nice to see juv and adult
what a pretty passerine bird and its great shot.
COloration very beautiful.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful bird and its capture.
Wonderful! Great perfection,colour,clarity and the composition is beautiful.
- [2013-01-02 5:15]
What an amazing bird, looks very special to me. A great bird-shot presented with a nice composition and fine natural colors.
Very well seen!
Happy New Year to you!
Amazing species, Great shot.
very beautiful picture of this juvenile bird with great clarity, colour and composition.
This photo is beautiful - everything is perfect - a real gem. It is crisp and clear with sharp details and the bird has a great pose too, and off course the light is wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes.
- [2013-01-02 11:27]
Hi Colin,a very good work,it's nice and useful compare the young and the adult in the ws to have the exact idea and info about this specie.2 beautiful pics whit great details and colors,the young is a bit funny too,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Great bird portrait nicely framed with the greenery. Sharpness could be increased slightly, but really in small dose. Otherwise beautiful post supported with interesting note and WS photo. Tfs.
Have a great new year, best regards, László
This is really a strange bird, I have never seen before. Nice image with very good details and excellent focus.
Thanks for sharing!
Interesting bird and beautiful photo with good composition, nice colors and good sharpness!
My best wishes for the New Year!
- [2013-01-03 11:59]
Hola Colin, una foto espectacular de esta ave juvenil, que aspecto impresionante con una rara belleza, me gusta el enfoque, la luz, la composición y sobre todo el entorno natural de la toma, además de lo exótico de la especie para mi...feliz ańo nuevo...
Excellent close-up photo of this exotic bird,
with fine POV and framing, great focus, sharpness,
details, and contrast, TFS