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Painted Honeyeater

(Grantiella picta)
Size: 15.5-16 cm
Weight: 18-25 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

Click here for a physical description

Taxonomy, classification

See Painted Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Full-frontal view of an adult Painted Honeyeater; the black helmet suggests that this may be a male (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, November 2018]

Close-up frontal/ventral view of a male(?) Painted Honeyeater
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, November 2017]

Near-frontal view of a male(?) Painted Honeyeater looking at the observer (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ah Chow Road, Ensay, East Gippsland, VIC, December 2017]

Close-up frontal/ventral view of a male(?) Painted Honeyeater checking out the local food supply
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, November 2017]

Lateral/ventral view of a male(?) Painted Honeyeater
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, November 2017]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a male(?) Painted Honeyeater showing clearly the edge lining on the wing and tail feathers
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, November 2017]

Close-up ventral view of a male(?) Painted Honeyeater issuing its call
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, November 2017]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a Painted Honeyeater; the brownish upperparts may indicate that this is a female (photo courtesy of A. Allnutt)
[Lake Cargelligo, NSW, January 2019]

Near-lateral view of a female(?) Painted Honeyeater
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, November 2017]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Painted Honeyeater
[Near Narrabri, NSW, February 2008]

Partly obscured near-lateral/ventral view of a juvenile Painted Honeyeater - note the partly dark bill and the absence of streaking
[Near Narrabri, NSW, February 2008]

Ventral view of a juvenile Painted Honeyeater (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ah Chow Road, Ensay, East Gippsland, VIC, December 2017]

Ventral view of a juvenile Painted Honeyeater
[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 mistletoe in casuarinas and eucalypts.

There is a separate page describing how a Painted Honeyeater peels a mistletoe fruit.

Near-frontal view onto the upperparts of an immature Painted Honeyeater feeding head down on the nectar of needle-leaf mistletoe blossoms in a casuarina tree; note the still mostly dark bill
[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 tree top)
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, 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]

Close-up lateral/ventral view of a Painted Honeyeater that was observed feeding on the fruit of mistletoe in a casuarina; the technique it used is described HERE
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, November 2017]

Near-lateral view of a Painted Honeyeater feeding on the fruit of mistletoe in a casuarina; the technique it used is described HERE
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, November 2017]

Frontal view of a Painted Honeyeater holding a peeled mistletoe fruit
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, November 2017]

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_20231018.m4a (NW NSW) Contact call? © MD
painted_20171027_8.m4a (NW NSW) Contact call? (+ Peaceful Dove) © MD
painted_20171027_10.m4a (NW NSW) Abbreviated contact call? © MD
painted_20171027_1.m4a (NW NSW) Claiming/defending food source? © MD
painted_20171027_9.m4a (NW NSW) Claiming/defending food source? © MD
painted_20171027_4.m4a (NW NSW) Claiming/defending food source? © MD
painted_20171027_5.m4a (NW NSW) Claiming/defending food source? (Q&A) © MD
painted_20171027_3.m4a (NW NSW) Competing with Mistletoebird © MD
painted_20171027_6.m4a (NW NSW) Competing with Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater © MD
painted_20171027_7.m4a (NW NSW) Competing with Singing Honeyeater © MD
painted_20171027_2.m4a (NW NSW) Various © MD
painted_20171115_2.m4a (NW NSW) ? © MD
painted_20140911.mp3 (NW NSW) ? © MD
painted_20140911_8.mp3 (NW NSW) ? © MD
painted_20140911_3.mp3 (NW NSW) ? © MD

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

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