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18

Brown-headed Honeyeater

(Melithreptus brevirostris)
Aboriginal name(s): Race "leucogenys": "djiok*", "berilberil*" (WA)
Size: 13-14 cm
Weight: 11-20 g (heaviest at the southern end of their range)

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Brown-headed Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "brevirostris"

ADULT

Frontal view of an an adult Brown-headed Honeyeater
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, September 2017]

Frontal view of a Brown-headed Honeyeater
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, September 2017]

Brown-headed Honeyeater issuing its territorial call
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, September 2010]

The same Brown-headed Honeyeater as shown above, here seen producing a much softer, guttural call
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, September 2010]

Frontal view of a Brown-headed Honeyeater
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, September 2017]

Near-lateral view of a Brown-headed Honeyeater looking for something edible
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, September 2010]

Lateral view of a Brown-headed Honeyeater hiding in a dense shrub
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, November 2013]

Lateral view of a Brown-headed Honeyeater approaching a waterhole
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, March 2009]

Dorsal view of a Brown-headed Honeyeater
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, September 2010]

Brown-headed Honeyeater hovering above a waterhole
[Pilliga scrub, NSW, September 2013]

Honeyeater variety bash: Brown-headed on the right, White-eared at the centre and Yellow-faced on the left
[Pilliga scrub, NSW, May 2011]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Family of Brown-headed Honeyeaters at a waterhole...
[Pilliga scrub, NSW, May 2011]

... on the left-hand side one can see an immature Brown-headed Honeyeater; note the orange bill and bluish-grey eye skin crescent
[Pilliga scrub, NSW, May 2011]

Closer look at a fledgling Brown-headed Honeyeater approaching a waterhole
[Pilliga scrub, NSW, December 2011]

Three fledgling Brown-headed Honeyeaters waiting to be fed by their parents
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, November 2008]

Two of the three fledgling Brown-headed Honeyeaters shown above, preening
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, November 2008]

Race "pallidiceps"

ADULT

Frontal view of an an adult Brown-headed Honeyeater
[Gundabooka NP, NSW, September 2017]

Near-lateral view of an a Brown-headed Honeyeater
[Gundabooka NP, NSW, September 2017]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Dispersive Elementary unit: Family clan/small flock

Food, Diet

Brown-headed Honeyeater feeding on the nectar of a Swamp Mahogany
[Munmorah SCA, NSW, July 2013]

Brown-headed Honeyeater searching for insects in an ironbark eucalypt
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, November 2013]

This Brown-headed Honeyeater has caught an insect
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, July 2013]

Brown-headed Honeyeater foraging for insects; this is one of the birds whose calls were recorded on 20 December 2014
[Near Barraba, NSW, December 2014]

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.

brhdhon_20170903.m4a brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Contact calls(?) © MD
brhdhon_20141220_5.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Contact calls(?) © MD
brhdhon_20141220_4.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Contact calls(?) © MD
brhdhon_20141220_3.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Warning call © MD
brhdhon_20141220_8.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Feeding calls(?) © MD
brhdhon_20141220.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
? © MD
 
brhdhon_20170920.m4a pallidiceps
(W NSW)
Contact calls(?) © MD

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