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Blue-Faced Honeyeater

Blue-Faced Honeyeater
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Copyright: Colin McQueen (McQueenca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 11 N: 226] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 300 1:2.8 L IS II USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-22 3:06
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Points: 36
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A few weeks back I posted a Juvenile Blue-Faced Honeyeater that was all wet and weird looking with an adult in the WS. Here is a better presentation of this common bird here in Australia all dry and groomed.
This photo has been cropped.

Blue-faced Honeyeater
Entomyzon cyanotis

The Blue-faced Honeyeater occurs in a wide range of habitats, though it is most usually found in eucalypt forests and woodlands, or often among pandanus palms, but it also often occurs in built-up habitats where it forages in both native and exotic plants. They take invertebrates from the trunks, branches and leaves of trees, and probe flowers for nectar. Like many honeyeaters, this species is often pugnacious, chasing competitors away from food sources, and mobbing, swooping or harassing potential predators to drive them away from the nest.


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.

Similar Species

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.


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.


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.

Source: www.birdlife.org.au

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Hi Colin,
I miss those wonderfull birds. Very nice pic. Beautiful colours, very clear and sharp.
best regards

Ciao Colin, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic colors, fine details and splenddi sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Colin

This is a beautiful bird sitting pretty in no less beautiful surroundings. Fantastic colours and sharpness. Even against the blue sky the sunlight really make all the colours come alive especially that blue.

Hi Colin,

A very colourful bird well presented from a lateral point of view, good detail and good colours. Thanks for sharing, regards Bill.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-22 4:17]

Hello Colin,
Excellent photo of this Blue-faced Honeyeater. Great sharpness, details and very beautiful contrasting colours.

Hello Colin,
Very nicely captured.I like this bird picture.Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-01-22 4:59]

Very interesting bird species with different colors..good image. tfs.

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2013-01-22 5:09]

Hi Colin,
A lovely sharp and colorful photo of the Blue-faced Honeyeater.
It certainly is a very attractive bird and you are very fortunate to have them in you area.

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Hello Colin

Excellent close-up photo of this exotic bird,
with beautiful light and color tones (they are
many in the photo), fine POV and tight framing,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


hello Colin
super good picture with nice details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Colin. Razor details and sharp. Splendid colours for the bird. Amazing frame of flowers.


Hi Colin,
perfect point of view. Amazing colours. Excellent sharpness. Very good depth of field.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-22 14:34]

Hi Colin,how i'm jealous to see this fantastic sun and these bright colors,the summer is beautiful in your country in these days as i can see.A magnificent and colorful capture of this rare guest of TN,perfect pov,details and colors,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Amazing bird and great photo Colin! The colours are fantastic! Very good composition and impressive sharpness too!

Hello Colin
Excellent photo, great detail, nice light and background.
Wonderful colourful bird.
regards yiannis

Hello Colin,
Nice taken with great details and clarity,beautiful natural colours and a lovely PoV presenting best drawing of this nice bird.
TFS and my regards,

Hello Colin,

Superb capture of this coloful, rear to TN species in perfect, magical light. The sharpness is most impressive and the composition, inclusive of this bird's preferred cover/sustenance is thoroughly informative. Very pleasing and so well engineered. Congrats!


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