Striped Honeyeater

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Description

Striped Honeyeater, Plectorhyncha lanceolata, is a small to medium sized bird ranging from 21cm to 23cm. Their head, face and upper body are a whitish, boldly streaked black. The back, wings and tail are a grey/brown colour and both breast and throat white. Their feathers are long, lanceolate, stiffly-pointed texture, especially noticeable at the neck where they overlap against darker plumage. Tail long, slightly forked, bill short, dagger-like blue-grey, feet also blue-grey. The young Striped Honeyeater are duller until they mature, when they take the full description's appearance.

Feeding Habits

Feeds on many food sources, including insects, seeds and fruits, as well as using its brush-tipped tongue to find the nectar of shallow flowers, like grevillea and eucalypts.

Breeding

July-February. Often near grey butcherbird nests. The well-concealed nest is suspended from several parts of the rim to leafy twigs at the end of a drooping branch. It is a deep cup of dry grass, rootlets, plant-down and feathers. Three-to-four eggs are laid.

Places to Look

  • Drier inland scrubs and woodlands
  • Dense stands of casuarinas, paperbarks and gardens.

Threats

Clearing of known habitats.

References

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

Striped Honeyeater © Birdlife Townsville 2008

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