White-plumed Honeyeater, Lichenostomus penicullatus, is a small bird, sized 15-17cm. It has a pale olive/grey body, paler underparts with breast washed yellow. Yellow head, with brown/black line above the well-defined white neck plume. Bill and eye black for adult, but yellow base to bill for immature. Noisy, gregarious and very aggressive, regularly attacks birds larger than itself. Call is a repeated whistling ‘chi-ick-oo-wee’.
Feeds on nectar and various insects in small loose flocks or singly. Honeyeaters are important pollinators and seed dispersers.
July-January or any month after rain in arid regions. Nest is a deep cup of grass, bark and cobwebs, lined with soft bark and plant down. Suspended from a small fork in the outer leafy branches, and often overhanging water. Regularly fosters the young of pallid cuckoos.
Places to Look
Widespread dry country bird, often close to water.
- Farm dams
- Inland river eucalypts.
- Woodland Birds of the Burdekin Dry Tropics
- Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club)
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