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Yellow-faced Honeyeater

(Lichenostomus chrysops)
Alternate name(s): "Chickup", "Quitchup", "Yellow-gaped Honeyeater"
Size: 16-18 cm; wing span 21.5-26 cm
Weight: 13-20 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Yellow-faced Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "chrysops"

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ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Durikai SF, near Warwick, QLD, March 2018]

Close-up frontal view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater looking sideways
[Near Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, September 2019]

Close-up frontal/ventral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater looking sideways
[Munmorah SCA, NSW, July 2013]

Close-up near-frontal view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater looking sideways
[Eulah Creek, NSW, October 2015]

Near-lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater looking at the observer
[Near Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, September 2019]

Close-up near-lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater issuing its call
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Close-up lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater looking at the observer
[Near Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, September 2019]

Close-up lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Durikai SF, near Warwick, QLD, March 2018]

Close-up lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater
[Near Eulah Creek, NSW, December 2018]

Close-up lateral/ventral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater
[Timmallallie NP, NSW, November 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, September 2006]

Dorsal view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater looking backwards (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Durikai SF, near Warwick, QLD, March 2018]

Close-up near-dorsal/ventral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater looking sideways
[Near Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, September 2019]

Ventral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater, demonstrating how hard it is to tell one type of honeyeater from another when one can see only the front
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, December 2008]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Partly obscured close-up lateral view of a sub-adult Yellow-faced Honeyeater - note the pink gape
[Old Quipolly Dam, near Quirindi, NSW, May 2022]

Race "barroni"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Yungaburra, QLD, September 2020]

Frontal portrait of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater looking sideways (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Yungaburra, QLD, December 2020]

Close-up frontal view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater looking sideways (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Yungaburra, QLD, December 2020]

Close-up frontal view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater taking nectar (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Yungaburra, QLD, December 2020]

Lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Julatten, QLD, December 2018]

Lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater (photo courtesy of R. Russell)
[Mount Molloy, QLD, October 2007]

Close-up lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater just after take-off (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Peterson Creek, Yungaburra, QLD, July 2022]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Jul - Jan Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: 14 - 15 days Fledging age: 16 - 17 days

Nest

"bungobittah", "lar", "malunna", "jindi" [bundjalung] = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Suspended basket Material: Bark fibre, grass Height above ground: 1.5 - 6 m

View from above into a Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest after it had served its purpose; note how, even after weeks of use, the nest is still spotless clean
[Near Eulah Creek, NSW, December 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater chick
[Near Eulah Creek, NSW, December 2018]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest with at least one naked chick inside
[Near Eulah Creek, NSW, December 2018]

Overview of the location of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest built into a fallen, dead eucalypt branch caught in a scrawny wilga shrub standing under the eucalypt
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Closer look at a Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater feeding one of two chicks
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Here one can see that the Yellow-faced Honeyeater chicks were still very young, covered in down and eyes still closed
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Close-up lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater keeping the nest clean by waiting for a chick to discharge a poo sac
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, October 2012]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest after the birds were finished for the season
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, November 2012]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest on a low branch of a pine tree
[Near Barraba, NSW, December 2008]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "mirk", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena", "pum-pum" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 21 x 14 mm Colour: Creamy, with reddish to brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

View from above into a Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest with two eggs in it
[Near Eulah Creek, NSW, December 2018]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: ? Mobility: Migratory/dispersive Elementary unit: Solitary/pair/flock

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters are one of the bird species that dive into shallow water from a perch and then fly back onto their perch to preen and dry their plumage.

Soaking wet Yellow-faced Honeyeater right out of the bathtub (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay, East Gippsland, VIC, April 2014]

Food, Diet

Adults: Nectar, insects Dependents: Insects Water intake: Daily

Like many other honeyeaters, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters do not exclusively feed on nectar, but take insects too.

Two Yellow-faced Honeyeaters in a Grevillea shrub (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, January 2019]

Lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater feeding head down on the nectar of a Callistemon
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, September 2006]

Lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater feeding on the nectar of a Callistemon
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, September 2006]

Head-on view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater feeding in a eucalypt (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay, East Gippsland, VIC, April 2014]

Near-dorsal view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater feeding on nectar from Mistletoe flowers (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mann River Nature Reserve, near Glen Innes, NSW, July 2019]

Close-up lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater at a waterhole
[Near Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, September 2019]

Close-up lateral view of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater using its wire brush tongue to scoop up water
[Near Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, September 2019]

Yellow-faced Honeyeater having a drink from a waterhole (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Timmallallie NP, NSW, November 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.

yelface_20170810.m4a chrysops
(NW NSW)
Contact call(?) © MD
yelface_20220517.m4a chrysops
(NW NSW)
Contact call(?) © MD
yelface_20171022.m4a chrysops
(NW NSW)
Contact call(?) © MD
yelface_20171129.m4a chrysops
(NW NSW)
Territorial calls
(pre-dawn chorus)
© MD
yelface_20141210_3.mp3 chrysops
(NW NSW)
Q&A © MD
yelface_20141210_2.mp3 chrysops
(NW NSW)
Warning call & contact call © MD
yelface_20220601.m4a chrysops
(NW NSW)
Various © MD
yelface_20240623.m4a chrysops
(NW NSW)
? © MD
yelface_20170810_2.m4a chrysops
(NW NSW)
? © MD
yelface_20181001.m4a chrysops
(N NSW)
? © MD

More Yellow-faced Honeyeater sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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