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The New Holland Honeyeater is mostly black and white, with a large yellow wing patch and yellow sides on the tail. It has a small white ear patch, a thin white whisker at the base of the bill and a white eye. This honeyeater is an active bird, and rarely sits still long enough to give an extended view. Sexes are similar in looks, but females are slightly smaller in size. Young birds are browner and have a grey eye.
With long, slender beaks and a tongue which can protrude well beyond the end of their beaks, New Holland Honeyeaters are able to probe for nectar in the deep flowers of Banksias and Grevilleas.
Canon 50D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS

Featured In: Natures Paintbrush

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new holland honeyeater, phylidonyris novaehollandiae, australian, native bird, birdbath, bath, bathing, splashing, backyard, north coast

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Comments

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 2 years ago

    lovely capture

  • Many thanks Robert, I know when they’re there because they sing so much!

    – byronbackyard

  • Digidi
    Digidiover 2 years ago

    great little birds aren’t they i have a family of them that come into my birdbath too, but they are so quick & busy that my shots aren’t very sharp this is a good capture for sure

  • Many thanks Di, they have such wonderful singing voices so I always know when they’re visiting my backyard!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Awesome group capture

  • Many thanks Larry, they’re very hard to catch but I always know when they’re there because they sing so much!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    8 January 2012…Awesome capture

  • Many thanks Larry, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Penny Odom
    Penny Odomover 2 years ago

    First time seeing a New Holland Honeyeater one reason I love RB :)
    Congratulations on your feature!

  • Many thanks Penny, they are wonderful singers as well as being very pretty!

    – byronbackyard

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Wonderful work… Congratulations on your feature!
    Nature And Man Features January 10th 2011

    This work is eligible to enter in our Nature And Man *Featured Works Challenge * January 2012
    Good Luck

  • Many thanks Evita, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

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