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Lewin's Honeyeater

(Meliphaga lewinii)
Alternate name(s): "Yellow-eared Honeyeater", "Brasseye", "Orangebird", "Banana-bird*"
Size: 19-22 cm
Weight: 34 g (average)

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Lewin's Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "lewinii"

ADULT

Close-up frontal view of a Lewin's Honeyeater
[Springbrook Mountain NP, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Frontal view of a Lewin's Honeyeater, different posture
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, February 2012]

Lewin's Honeyeater searching for food in littoral rainforest
[Manning Point, NSW, July 2013]

Near-frontal view of a Lewin's Honeyeater (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, July 2005]

Near-frontal view of a Lewin's Honeyeater (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, July 2005]

Close-up lateral view of a Lewin's Honeyeater (photo courtesy of B. Kinross)
[Beachmere, QLD, May 2012]

Lateral portrait of a Lewin's Honeyeater
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Lateral view of a Lewin's Honeyeater
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, February 2012]

Dorsal view of a Lewin's Honeyeater, here seen feeding on the nectar of a Grevillea flower (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, June 2013]

This ventral view of a Lewin's Honeyeater shows that the yellow cheek patches can be erected
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, January 2017]

Curious Lewin's Honeyeater (photo courtesy of C. Kellenberg)
[Depot Beach, Murramarang National Park, NSW, February 2009]

Lewin's Honeyeater preening in dark underbrush
[Wingham Brush NR, NSW, September 2011]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a juvenile Lewin's Honeyeater; note the very dark-blue irises and the short tail feathers (photo courtesy of C. Kellenberg)
[Depot Beach, Murramarang NP, NSW, February 2009]

Race "mab"

ADULT

Frontal view of a Lewin's Honeyeater
[Near Byfield NP, QLD, July 2009]

Lewin's Honeyeater approaching water (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Julatten, QLD, July 2013]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial? Mobility: Dispersive Elementary unit: Solitary/pair

Lewin's Honeyeaters are well-adapted to wet conditions, as can be seen below. They are active during wet weather, when other birds are roosting.

Near-frontal view of a Lewin's Honeyeater; this bird was out and about, foraging in drenching rain, when all other birds were roosting
[Wingham Brush NR, NSW, June 2011]

Lateral view of a Lewin's Honeyeater on the ground in rainforest (photo courtesy of C. Kellenberg)
[Depot Beach, Murramarang National Park, NSW, February 2009]

Lewin's Honeyeater can adapt to the presence of humans quite well; this one is waiting for its ride at Scenic World...
[Scenic World, Blue Mountains, NSW, August 2015]

Food, Diet

Like many other honeyeaters, Lewin's Honeyeaters do not exclusively feed on nectar, but use their sticky tongue to take insects too, on which they feed primarily. Known to take fruit as well.

Lewin's Honeyeater first checking out a banksia flower...
[Girraween NP, QLD, July 2009]

...then digging in!
[Girraween NP, QLD, July 2009]

Lewin's Honeyeater feeding on a bottlebrush flower
[Near Wingham Brush NR, NSW, September 2011]

Lewin's Honeyeater feeding on a grevillea flower (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, June 2013]

Here a Lewin's Honeyeater taking a fruit (photo courtesy of T. Allison)
[Maleny, QLD, March 2015]

Lewin's Honeyeater approaching water (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, June 2013]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

lewin_20140522.mp3 lewinii
(SE QLD)
Territorial call? © MD
lewin_20140526.mp3 lewinii
(NE NSW)
Territorial call? (slow) © MD
lewin_20160313.mp3 lewinii
(S QLD)
Territorial call?
(slow & very slow)
© MD
lewin_20140525_5.mp3 lewinii
(SE QLD)
Territorial call? (quick) © MD
lewin_art_20131125.mp3 lewinii
(SE QLD)
Territorial call? © ART
lewin_20140525_4.mp3 lewinii
(SE QLD)
Competing territorial calls? © MD
lewin_20140526_4.mp3 lewinii
(NE NSW)
Competing territorial calls? © MD
lewin_20140525_2.mp3 lewinii
(NE NSW)
Annoyed calls © MD
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