A yellowish/green honeyeater with lemon yellow underparts and a faint dusky mask behind the brown eyes. The bill is slightly curved and dark. Found only in tropical Queensland. They are usually in pairs or small groups, constantly on the move, with loud chattering and ringing cheery calls.
They search busily through shrubs and flowering trees, often joining other honeyeaters feeding on nectar in blossoms. Also eat insects and fruit among leaves and branches. Planting bottlebrush or grevilleas will encourage these birds into your garden.
In summer a flimsy, shallow, cup-shaped nest of fibre, lined with fine grass and moss is built partly suspended from a tree fork. Two or three spotted eggs are laid. Both parents share in feeding the nestlings.
Places to Look
Open woodland, forested creeks, mangroves, orchards and gardens. Look in any flowering bottlebrushes or gums.
- Coastal Birds of the Burdekin Dry Tropics
- Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club)
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