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White-cheeked Honeyeater

(Phylidonyris nigra)
Alternate name(s): "Moustached Honey-eater"
Aboriginal name(s): "gouldii": "bandin*"

Size: 16-18 cm
Weight: 16-25 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See White-cheeked Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "nigra"

ADULT

This full-frontal view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater shows that the cheek tufts can be erected (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Noosa, QLD, December 2017]

Near-frontal view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater
[Sawtell, NSW, August 2015]

Near-frontal view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Fraser Island, QLD, September 2018]

Near-frontal view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, January 2011]

Near-lateral view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater (photo courtesy of R. Russell)
[Mount Molloy, QLD, February 2010]

Lateral view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, January 2011]

Lateral view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Noosa, QLD, December 2017]

Lateral view showing a White-cheeked Honeyeater's sticky tongue
[Hat Head NP, NSW, September 2011]

Close inspection of this lateral view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater reveals that they have a split tongue
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Saltwater NP, NSW, February 2018]

Near-frontal view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Fraser Island, QLD, September 2018]

Lateral view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater issuing its call
[Sawtell, NSW, August 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Noosa, QLD, December 2017]

Near-frontal view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Fraser Island, QLD, September 2018]

Dorsal view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, January 2011]

Pair of White-cheeked Honeyeaters (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Noosa, QLD, December 2017]

Pair of White-cheeked Honeyeaters (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Noosa, QLD, December 2017]

Race "gouldii"

ADULT

Lateral view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater on a banksia flower (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Koondoola Reserve, Perth, WA, July 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater on a banksia flower (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Koondoola Reserve, Perth, WA, July 2016]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Dispersive Elementary unit: Solitary/pair

White-cheeked Honeyeater claiming its territory from its vantage point on a banksia flower (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Koondoola Reserve, Perth, WA, July 2016]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater feeding on the nectar of a banksia flower (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Koondoola Reserve, Perth, WA, July 2016]

Lateral view of a White-cheeked Honeyeater feeding on a banksia flower
[Myall Lakes NP, NSW, June 2009]

White-cheeked Honeyeater feeding head down on a banksia flower (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Noosa, QLD, December 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.

whchhon_20140525_2.mp3 nigra
(NE NSW)
Contact calls? © MD
whchhon_20150327.mp3 nigra
(NE NSW)
Contact calls? © MD
whchhon_20150327_2.mp3 nigra
(NE NSW)
Abbreviated contact call? © MD
whchhon_20150327_3.mp3 nigra
(NE NSW)
Territorial call? (break of dawn) © MD
whchhon_20150326.m4a nigra
(NE NSW)
Annoyed calls? © MD
whchhon_20140525_3.mp3 nigra
(NE NSW)
Various © MD
whchhon_20140525_4.mp3 nigra
(NE NSW)
Various © MD
whchhon_20140525_7.mp3 nigra
(NE NSW)
Various © MD
whchhon_20140525.mp3 nigra
(NE NSW)
Various © MD
whchhon_20140521_5.mp3 nigra
(N NSW)
? © MD

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