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Regent Honeyeater

(Xanthomyza phrygia)
Alternate name(s): "Warty-faced Honeyeater", "Turkey-bird", "Mock Regent", "Flying Coachman", "Embroidered Honeyeater"
Size: 20-23 cm
Weight: 43 g (average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Regent Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Full-frontal view of a Regent Honeyeater; the conspicuous skin wattles around the eyes and the raven-black throat and chest indicate that this is a male bird
[Timmallallie NP, near Baradine, NSW, October 2015]

Near-frontal view of a male(?) Regent Honeyeater approaching a waterhole
[Timmallallie NP, near Baradine, NSW, October 2015]

Near-lateral view of a male(?) Regent Honeyeater approaching a waterhole
[Timmallallie NP, near Baradine, NSW, October 2015]

Lateral view of a male(?) Regent Honeyeater approaching a waterhole
[Timmallallie NP, near Baradine, NSW, October 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a male(?) Regent Honeyeater
[Timmallallie NP, near Baradine, NSW, October 2015]

Ventral view of a male(?) Regent Honeyeater
[Timmallallie NP, near Baradine, NSW, October 2015]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Regent Honeyeater; note that this bird is less black on throat and chest than visible in the frontal view of a male shown above
[Timmallallie NP, near Baradine, NSW, October 2015]

Lateral view of a female(?) Regent Honeyeater in a flowering eucalypt tree
[Timmallallie NP, near Baradine, NSW, October 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a female(?) Regent Honeyeater (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, October 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Regent Honeyeater (photo courtesy of H. Mouritsen)
[Timmallallie NP, near Baradine, NSW, October 2015]

Dorsal view of a female(?) Regent Honeyeater (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, October 2016]

Two Regent Honeyeaters near a gully lined with Swamp Mahogany trees in flower; first they checked out the area from a nearby eucalypt tree
[Near Morisset, NSW, June 2011]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: ? Mobility: Dispersive Elementary unit: Pair

According to experts, Regent Honeyeaters come to the ground for two reasons - and two reasons only: To get a drink of water or to collect nesting material.

Near-frontal view of a Regent Honeyeater approaching a waterhole
[Timmallallie NP, near Baradine, NSW, October 2015]

Food, Diet

Regent Honeyeaters feed on nectar. At the time when we observed them on the NSW Central Coast, their preferred blossoms were those of the Swamp Mahogany (see above).

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.

reghon_20151017.mp3 (NW NSW) Partial call? © MD

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