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White-throated Honeyeater

(Melithreptus albogularis)
Alternate name(s): "White-chinned Honeyeater"
Size: 13-15 cm
Weight: 10-13 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-throated Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "albogularis"

ADULT

Full-frontal view of a White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Channel Island Road, Darwin, NT, July 2018]

Close-up frontal view of a White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Marrakai track, Top End, NT, August 2018]

Near-frontal view of an adult White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Near-frontal view of a White-throated Honeyeater issuing its call (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Marrakai track, Top End, NT, August 2018]

Near-lateral view of a White-throated Honeyeater seen from above (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Lateral view of a White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

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

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

Lateral view of a moulting White-throated Honeyeater
[Adelaide River, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a White-throated Honeyeater looking for food (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Channel Island Road, Darwin, NT, July 2018]

Lateral view of a White-throated Honeyeater raiding a spider's nest (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Channel Island Road, Darwin, NT, July 2018]

Partly obscured near-dorsal view of a White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Ivanhoe Crossing, Kununurra, WA, January 2016]

Dorsal view of a White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of R. Russell)
[Mount Molloy, QLD, March 2009]

Some White-throated Honeyeater acrobatics
[Adelaide River, NT, August 2014]

White-throated Honeyeater in hovering flight (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Channel Island Road, Darwin, NT, July 2018]

Stand-off between a White-throated Honeyeater and a male Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

White-throated Honeyeater gaining the upper hand against a male Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Pair of White-throated Honeyeaters; they were observed with the young bird shown immediately below
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, June 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-frontal view of a juvenile White-throated Honeyeater; this bird was observed with the pair shown immediately above
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile White-throated Honeyeater; note the orange-yellow lower mandible and the brownish crown lerp
[Holmes Jungle NR, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a juvenile White-throated Honeyeater; here the characteristic brown crown and incomplete neck band are more clearly visible
[Holmes Jungle NR, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a juvenile White-throated Honeyeater
[Holmes Jungle NP, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a juvenile White-throated Honeyeater, left, with an adult, right (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Tiwi Island, NT, September 2016]

Ventral view of a juvenile White-throated Honeyeater in flight
[Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

Race "inopinatus"

ADULT

Frontal view of a White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Moggill Forest Reserve, near Anstead, QLD, August 2017]

Near-frontal view of a White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Moggill Forest Reserve, near Anstead, QLD, August 2017]

Near-lateral view of a White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of A. Campbell)
[Mount McEuen, QLD, February 2017]

Close-up lateral view of a White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, in March 2012]

Lateral view of a White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, in March 2012]

Dorsal view of a White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, September 2012]

Behaviour

Near-lateral view of an adult White-throated Honeyeater; the bird is feeding a dependent Brush Cuckoo chick with what looks like a lerp (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, September 2012]

Like many other honeyeater species, White-throated Honeyeater like to take a good bath (photo courtesy of A. Campbell)
[Mount McEuen, QLD, February 2017]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of a White-throated Honeyeater feeding on the nectar of a grevillea (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, in March 2012]

This White-throated Honeyeater was busy in flowers that, to the human eye, look a bit jaded to be yielding good nectar...
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)

[Bird Billabong Road, near Arnhem Highway, NT, July 2018]

... and they didn't - White-throated Honeyeater with its prey, a grub (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Bird Billabong Road, near Arnhem Highway, NT, July 2018]

The prey is not visible any longer, but this White-throated Honeyeater has just taken a spider
[Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

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.

wthrhon_20140817.mp3 albogularis
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call(?) © MD
wthrhon_20140817_2.m4a albogularis
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call(?) © MD
wthrhon_20140820.m4a albogularis
(Darwin, NT)
Territorial calls? © MD
wthrhon_pb_20180715.m4a albogularis
(Darwin, NT)
Territorial calls (Q&A)? © PB
wthrhon_20140817_3.m4a albogularis
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
wthrhon_20140820_4.mp3 albogularis
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
wthrhon_20140820_2.m4a albogularis
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
wthrhon_20140818.mp3 albogularis
(Pine Creek, NT)
? © MD
wthrhon_20140820_3.mp3 albogularis
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD

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