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Yellow-faced Honeyeater

(Lichenostomus chrysops)
Alternate name(s): "Chickup", "Quitchup", "Yellow-gaped Honeyeater"
Size: 16-18 cm; wing span 21.5-26 cm
Weight: 13-20 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Yellow-faced Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "chrysops"

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ADULT

Close-up frontal view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater
[Munmorah SCA, NSW, July 2013]

Close-up near-frontal view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater
[Eulah Creek, NSW, October 2015]

Lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, October 2010]

Close-up lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater that is still partly wet after taking a bath
[Girraween NP, QLD, January 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, 2006]

Dorsal view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater that is still partly wet after taking a bath
[Girraween NP, QLD, January 2017]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater issuing its call
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater sitting in a Callistemon (bottlebrush) tree
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, September 2006]

View from beneath of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater, demonstrating how hard it is to tell one type of honeyeater from another when one can see only the front
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, December 2008]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater after a first dip in a waterhole; click on image for slightly different view
[Pilliga scrub, NSW, September 2013]

This Yellow-faced Honeyeater is using a different technique...
[Pilliga scrub, NSW, December 2011]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater after a first dip in a waterhole
[Pilliga scrub, NSW, December 2011]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater straight out of the bathtub
[Near Warialda, NSW, August 2015]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater just after take-off
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, May 2008]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Jul - Jan Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: 14 - 15 days Fledging age: 16 - 17 days

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Hanging basket Material: Bark fibre, grass Height above ground: 2 - 6 m

Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest in a low branch of a pinetree
[Near Barraba, NSW, December 2008]

Here a much better camouflaged Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest; it was built into a fallen, dead eucalypt branch hanging in a scrawny Wilga tree standing under the eucalypt
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Closer look at a Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater feeding one of two chicks
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Here one can see that the Yellow-faced Honeyeater chicks were still very young, covered in down and eyes still closed
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater keeping the nest clean
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest after the birds were finished for the season
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, November 2012]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 21 x 14 mm Colour: Creamy, with brown to dark-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Behaviour

Social behaviour: ? Mobility: Migratory/dispersive Elementary unit: Solitary/pair/flock

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters are one of the bird species that dive into shallow water from a perch and then fly back onto their perch to preen and dry their plumage.

Soaking wet Yellow-faced Honeyeater right out of the bathtub (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay, East Gippsland, VIC, April 2014]

This Yellow-faced Honeyeater, which was found low above the ground in introduced weeds ("Sticky beaks"; "Cobbler's pegs"), is seen calling; its calls were recorded on 16 October 2014
[Near Narrabri, NSW, October 2014]

Food, Diet

Adults: Nectar, insects Dependents: Insects Water intake: Daily

Like many other honeyeaters, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters do not exclusively feed on nectar, but take insects too.

Yellow-faced Honeyeater feeding on the nectar of a Callistemon (bottlebrush) flower
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, September 2006]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater feeding on the nectar of a Callistemon (bottlebrush) flower
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, September 2006]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater feeding in a box gum eucalypt (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay, East Gippsland, VIC, April 2014]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater feeding in a box gum eucalypt
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, August 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.

yelface_20140919.mp3 chrysops
(NW NSW)
Contact call(?) © MD
yelface_20141016.mp3 chrysops
(NW NSW)
Contact calls(?) © MD
yelface_20140919_4.mp3 chrysops
(NW NSW)
Extended contact call(?) © MD
yelface_20140402.mp3 chrysops
(NW NSW)
Abbreviated contact calls? © MD
yelface_20141210_3.mp3 chrysops
(NW NSW)
Q&A © MD
yelface_20141210_2.mp3 chrysops
(NW NSW)
Warning call & contact call © MD
yelface_20140520_2.mp3 chrysops
(N NSW)
Various (foraging) © MD
yelface_20140919_11.mp3 chrysops
(N NSW)
Various © MD
yelface_20140919_13.mp3 chrysops
(N NSW)
? © MD
yelface_20140919_2.mp3 chrysops
(N NSW)
? © MD
yelface_20140919_3.mp3 chrysops
(N NSW)
? © MD
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We have also recorded the wing beat of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater.

yelface_20141210.mp3 chrysops
(NW NSW)
Flying a bend © MD

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