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Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

(Lichenostomus melanops)
Alternate name(s): "Whisky", "Yellow Whisker"
Size: 17-23 cm
Weight: 22 g (average)

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Yellow-tufted Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "melanops"

ADULT

Frontal view of a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, September 2013]

Race "meltoni"

ADULT

Near-frontal view of a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, November 2008]

Near-lateral view of a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
[Girraween NP, QLD, January 2017]

Lateral view of a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
[Girraween NP, QLD, January 2017]

Lateral view of a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater in a box gum eucalypt
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, August 2013]

This lateral view of a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater shows how the tufts can be erected
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, July 2013]

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater in faint light
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, January 2006]

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater in faint light
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, January 2006]

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater photographed with a flash in fading evening light
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, September 2007]

Moulting Yellow-tufted Honeyeater photographed in winter
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, August 2012]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Probably an immature Yellow-tufted Honeyeater drinking water from a dam; note the absence of a tail
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, April 2008]

The same immature(?) Yellow-tufted Honeyeater as above, now a view of its front; note the blueish base of the bill that is not visible in the photos of adult birds
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, April 2008]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Dispersive/ sedentary Elementary unit: Pair

Food, Diet

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

Like many other honeyeaters, Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters do not exclusively feed on nectar, but take insects too. Also known to feed on fruit and sap.

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater taking nectar from a box gum eucalypt
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, August 2013]

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater feeding in a clump of flowering Mistletoe
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, April 2017]

A Yellow-tufted Honeyeater is so far the first and only bird we have seen feeding on nectar and/or pollen of an acacia tree (which we had seen so far only being used by insects)
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, March 2013]

Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters preparing to visit the same Urn Heath shrubs as this Silvereye
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, May 2013]

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater taking nectar from a flowering Urn Heath shrub
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, June 2014]

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater and Fuscous Honeyeater hawking for insects from a Casuarina tree, together with more birds of the same species and with Singing Honeyeaters and White-plumed Honeyeaters, all hunting out of the one tree
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, December 2012]

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater looking for insects under the bark of a eucalypt
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, July 2013]

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.

yelthon_20140212.mp3 meltoni
(NW NSW)
Contact call © MD
yelthon_20140212_3.mp3 meltoni
(NW NSW)
Contact calls © MD
yelthon_20140212_4.mp3 meltoni
(NW NSW)
Q&A © MD
yelthon_20140612_2.mp3 meltoni
(NW NSW)
Alarm calls (mob) © MD
yelthon_20160730_1.mp3 meltoni
(NW NSW)
(Feeding on psyllids) © MD
yelthon_20140313_3.mp3 meltoni
(NW NSW)
Feeding calls(?) © MD
yelthon_20140124_3.mp3 meltoni
(NW NSW)
Fighting © MD
yelthon_20140612.mp3 meltoni
(NW NSW)
Quarreling (food competition) © MD
yelthon_20151107.mp3 meltoni
(NW NSW)
Begging calls juvenile(?) © MD
yelthon_20140110_4.mp3 meltoni
(NW NSW)
? © MD
yelthon_20140124_5.mp3 meltoni
(NW NSW)
? © MD
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