Phylidonyris nigra (MELIPHAGIDAE) White-cheeked Honeyeater


Medium-sized bird with a large white patch on its cheek, a brown eye, and a yellow panel on its wing. Has a long, sturdy bill that curves downwards. Found in moist heath lands, wetlands and in forests along the eastern coast. Feeds mainly amongst flowers, in foliage, on bark or in the air and mainly eats nectar, but also insects. Found in parks, gardens and flowering street trees throughout range. Not afraid of humans and adapting easily to settlement activity, they are sometimes killed by cats. Males aggressively attack other birds of their own and other species during the breeding season (all months, usually coincides with nectar availability) but not familiar birds such as their own mates, relatives and resident neighbours. Source: Wikipedia.

Photo: Derek Boddington