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Brown-backed Honeyeater

(Ramsayornis modestus)
Alternate name(s): "Unadorned Honeyeater", "Modest Honeyeater"
Size: 11-13 cm
Weight: 11-14 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 Brown-backed Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

Near-frontal view of a Brown-backed Honeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Cattana Wetlands, Cairns, QLD, November 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Brown-backed Honeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Cattana Wetlands, Cairns, QLD, November 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Brown-backed Honeater approaching a water bowl (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, in November 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Brown-backed Honeater approaching a water bowl (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kingfisher Park, Julatten, QLD, in November 2018]

Lateral view of a Brown-backed Honeater drinking from a water bowl (photo courtesy of R. Russell)
[Mount Molloy, QLD, December 2009]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Aug - Mar Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: 15 days Fledging age: 14 - 15 days

Nest building: ? Incubation: Female Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

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

Type: Hanging domed basket Material: Paperbark strips, flakes, grass, webs Height above ground: 2 - 4 m

Brown-backed Honeyeater nests are usually built hanging from thin outer branches, overhanging water. In ideal conditions Brown-backed Honeyeaters can nest semi-colonially.

Brown-backed Honeater nest still under construction, with its owner nearby (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Daintree River, QLD, December 2018]

Brown-backed Honeater working on its nest, which is still lacking its outer layer and dome (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Daintree River, QLD, December 2018]

Eggs

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

Size: 20 x 14 mm Colour: Creamy, with sparse light-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

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