Rufous-throated Honeyeaters are very small nectar-eating birds.
They have their name because of their prominent, rufous-coloured
throat patch. The top of the head is brownish-grey. Under the
eyes there are whitish bands connecting with the light-rufous
breast. The belly and vent are off-white. The back is greyish-brown,
except for the flight feathers, which have wide yellow-olive
leading edges, giving the folded wing a prominent yellow-olive
The irises are brown. The slightly down-curved bill is
dark-grey, while the legs and feet are pinkish-grey.
have an off-white throat.
The overall distribution of this species can be assessed based
on sighting reports submitted by birdwatchers to
The global distribution of the Rufous-throated Honeyeater is available
Rufous-throated Honeyeaters are endemic to northern Australia.
They populate, with a few exceptions, the entire area to the
North of a line connecting Broome, WA, with Mt. Isa, QLD, and
Yeppoon, QLD. Along the QLD coastline, they can be found as
far South as Fraser Island. Also in the tropical North they
occur on some offshore
islands. They are not usually found in parts of Arnhemland,
NT, and a narrow coastal strip along the East coast of Cape York
peninsula, down to about Cairns, QLD.
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