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White-gaped Honeyeater

(Lichenostomus unicolor)
Alternate name(s): "River Honeyeater", "Erect-tailed Honeyeater"
Size: 18-22 cm
Weight: 25-36 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See White-gaped Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Frontal view of an adult White-gaped Honeyeater (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Near-frontal view of a White-gaped Honeyeater
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a White-gaped Honeyeater
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a White-gaped Honeyeater
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a White-gaped Honeyeater
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Dorsal view of a White-gaped Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Ventral view of a White-gaped Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Ventral view of a White-gaped Honeyeater (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Pirlangimbi, Melville Island, off Darwin, NT, November 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a juvenile White-gaped Honeyeater; note the yellow gape (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, June 2007]

Two juvenile White-gaped Honeyeaters (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Ivanhoe Crossing, Kununurra, WA, January 2016]

Lateral view of a fledgling White-gaped Honeyeater (photo courtesy of K. Ohlsen)
[Acacia Hills, NT, August 2017]

Food, Diet

White-gaped Honeyeater taking nectar (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

White-gaped Honeyeater taking a juicy grub (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Pirlangimbi, Melville Island, off Darwin, NT, November 2016]

White-gaped Honeyeater probing an open casuarina cone...
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

... and coming up trumps with a small grub
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

White-gaped Honeyeater taking a small spider
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Apart from nectar, insects and spiders, White-gaped Honeyeaters also take fruit (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Coomalie Creek, 90 km south of Darwin, NT, June 2018]

White-gaped Honeyeaters with what looks like the flesh of some fruit (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, July 2018]

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.

wgaphon_20140818.m4a (Darwin, NT) Contact call © MD
wgaphon_20140819.m4a (Darwin, NT) Contact call © MD
wgaphon_20140816.m4a (Darwin, NT) Contact calls © MD
wgaphon_20140816_4.m4a (Darwin, NT) Contact calls Q&A © MD
wgaphon_20140816_2.m4a (Darwin, NT) Territorial calls © MD
wgaphon_20140820.m4a (Darwin, NT) Territorial call? © MD
wgaphon_20140818_2.m4a (Top End, NT) Territorial call? © MD
wgaphon_pb_20180619.m4a (Top End, NT) ? © PB

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