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18

Black Honeyeater

(Sugomel [Certhionyx] niger)
Aboriginal name(s): "dwerdangokngonin" (WA)
Size: 10-12 cm
Weight: 9-12 g

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Black Honeyeater looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Near-frontal/ventral view of a male Black Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Near-lateral view of a male Black Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Lateral view of a male Black Honeyeater looking towards the observer (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Lateral view of a male Black Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Lateral view of a male Black Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Lateral view of a male Black Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Windorah, QLD, August 2022]

Ventral view of a male Black Honeyeater
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, October 2018]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Black Honeyeater looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Frontal view of a female Black Honeyeater looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Near-frontal view of a female Black Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Lateral view of a female Black Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Near-dorsal view of a female Black Honeyeater looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Near-dorsal view of a female Black Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Ventral view of a female Black Honeyeater - note the similarity with a Brown Honeyeater
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, October 2018]

PAIR

Lateral view of a pair of Black Honeyeaters - male below, female above
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, October 2018]

Near-dorsal/dorsal view of a pair of Black Honeyeaters
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, October 2018]

Six Black Honeyeaters and a Yellow-faced Honeyeater approaching a waterhole
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, October 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of an immature male Black Honeyeater - note the already black head, front and mantle, but the still brown wings
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, October 2018]

Lateral view of an immature male Black Honeyeater - note the already black head, front and mantle, but the still brown wings
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, October 2018]

Lateral view of a juvenile Black Honeyeater feeding in a River Cooba tree (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Whittaker's Lagoon, NSW, December 2013]

Lateral view of a juvenile Black Honeyeater feeding in a River Cooba tree (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Whittaker's Lagoon, NSW, December 2013]

Food, Diet

Black Honeyeaters feed exclusively on nectar. They have a preference for Eremophila ("Emu-bush") plants.

Black Honeyeater taking nectar from a eucalypt tree (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Three Black Honeyeaters feeding on nectar high up in the crown of a eucalypt
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, October 2018]

Eight Black Honeyeaters drinking water from an abandoned farm dam
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, October 2018]

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.

blkhon_me_20220815.mp3 (Ctl QLD) Q&A, 2 males
(+ Willie Wagtail)
© ME

More Black Honeyeater sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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