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18

Pied Honeyeater

(Certhionyx variegatus)
Size: 15-18 cm
Weight: 23-34 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 Pied 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 Pied Honeyeater looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kilcowera Station, between Thargomindah and Hungerford, QLD, June 2020]

Near-frontal/ventral view of a male Pied Honeyeater
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Near-frontal/ventral view of a male Pied Honeyeater issuing its call
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Near-lateral view of a male Pied Honeyeater looking backwards (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Windorah, QLD, August 2022]

Near-lateral view of a male Pied Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Bindegolly NP, near Thargomindah, QLD, June 2019]

Near-lateral view of a male Pied Honeyeater issuing its call (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Windorah, QLD, August 2022]

Lateral view of a male Pied Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Quilpie, QLD, July 2021]

Lateral view of a male Pied Honeyeater (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Boolardy Station, Murchison, WA, August 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a male Pied Honeyeater looking sideways (photo courtesy of A. Allnutt)
[Lake Cargelligo, NSW, January 2019]

Distant near-dorsal view of a male Pied Honeyeater - click on image to also see a male Crimson Chat; on the left the shrub from which the male Pied Honeyater took a fruit
[Currawinya NP, QLD, September 2012]

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

Dorsal view of a male Pied Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Bindegolly NP, near Thargomindah, QLD, June 2019]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Pied Honeyeater
[Currawinya NP, QLD, September 2012]

Lateral/ventral view of a female Pied Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Windorah, QLD, August 2022]

Near-dorsal view of a female Pied Honeyeater looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Quilpie, QLD, July 2021]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Pied Honeyeater looking backwards - note the orange gape
[Currawinya NP, QLD, September 2012]

Food, Diet

We have observed Pied Honeyeaters take not only nectar, but also fruit. They will also augment their diet with insects and arachnids.

Lateral view of a Pied Honeyeater with a fruit
[Currawinya NP, QLD, September 2012]

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.

piedhon_20190618_2.m4a (SW QLD) Contact calls (male); short sequence © MD
piedhon_20190618.m4a (SW QLD) Contact calls (male); long sequence © MD
piedhon_20190618_3.m4a (SW QLD) Contact calls; long sequence with other species © MD
piedhon_20190617.m4a (SW QLD) Territorial call (male) © MD
piedhon_me_20220815.mp3 (Ctl QLD) Territorial calls (male) © ME

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

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