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Painted Honeyeater

(Grantiella picta)
Size: 15.5-16 cm
Weight: 22 g (average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Painted Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Near-lateral view of an adult Painted Honeyeater
[Yarrie Lake, NSW, September 2013]

Lateral view of an adult Painted Honeyeater
[Yarrie Lake, NSW, October 2013]

Lateral view of an adult Painted Honeyeater seen calling
[Yarrie Lake, NSW, September 2013]

Lateral view of an adult Painted Honeyeater, different posture
[Yarrie Lake, NSW, September 2013]

Ventral view of a Painted Honeyeater
[Brigalow Park NR, NSW, September 2012]

Painted Honeyeater in a casuarina tree...
[Near Narrabri, NSW, 2006]

... the same Painted Honeyeater as above, now at a somewhat private moment (note droplets below the bird...)
[Near Narrabri, NSW, 2006]

Distant lateral view of a singing Painted Honeyeater
[Yarrie Lake, NSW, October 2013]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of an immature Painted Honeyeater, characterised by the partly dark bill and the absence of streaking
[Near Narrabri, NSW, February 2008]

View of the underbelly of an immature Painted Honeyeater (as indicated by the partly dark bill), showing first signs of streaking
[Near Narrabri, NSW, February 2008]

The pinkish lores and short tail indicate that this is a fledgling Painted Honeyeater; again the bill is partly dark and there are no streaks or spots on the breast
[Near Narrabri, NSW, February 2008]

Behaviour

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

Food, Diet

Painted Honeyeaters specialise on nectar from various types of mistletoe. We have seen them in mistletoes in casuarinas and eucalypts.

Although difficult to see, it looks as if this Painted Honeyeater was taking a mistletoe fruit
[Yarrie Lake, NSW, October 2013]

Immature Painted Honeyeater feeding on the nectar of needle-leaf mistletoe blossoms in a casuarina tree
[Near Narrabri, NSW, February 2008]

Where there is good food, fair numbers of Painted Honeyeater can appear (in this case round about 20, 3 of which are seen here in a dead treetop)
[Yarrie Lake, NSW, October 2013]

Painted Honeyeaters' favourite food - nectar from the flowers of a casuarina, with flowering mistletoe
[Near Narrabri, NSW, February 2008]

Painted Honeyeaters' favourite food - nectar from the flowers of a casuarina, with flowering mistletoe
[Near Narrabri, NSW, February 2008]

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.

painted_20140911.mp3 (NW NSW) ? © MD
painted_20140911_8.mp3 (NW NSW) ? © MD
painted_20140911_3.mp3 (NW NSW) ? © MD

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