Singing Honeyeater

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Description

Singing Honeyeater, Lichenostomus virescens, is a medium sized honeyeater, with a size of 18-22cm. A thick black stripe runs through the eye and part way down the neck. A thin yellow line is underneath the eye. The dark bill is slightly curved. The body is off-white with dark streaking. Has a loud whistling call and can be quite aggressive towards other species.

Feeding Habits

Feeds in isolated areas on nectar, also on insects and spiders from flowering trees and shrubs. Occasionally feeds on the fruit found among the leaves and branches of trees. Often found singly or in pairs, and occasionally in small groups.

Breeding

July-February or after rain. Two-to-three eggs are laid. The nest is an untidy cup of grass lightly bound with cobweb, hidden in dense shrubs or small trees. Sometimes found fostering the young pallid cuckoo.

Places to Look

Mostly inland, inhabiting:

  • Shrubs
  • Thickets
  • Watercourses
  • Parks
  • Gardens

Threats

Loss of suitable feeding habitat.

References

NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

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