White-fronted Honeyeater

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Common Name: White-fronted Honeyeater
Scientific Name: Phylidonyris albifrons

Size: 5 – 7 inches (13-18 cm)

Habitat: Australia; found throughout western New South Wales, western Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, mainly in the arid and semi-arid zones. It may also be found at scattered sites in the Northern Territory and is a rare visitor to the western arid zone of Queensland. Typically found in arid and semi-arid shrublands and woodlands, especially mallee and acacia scrubs. May be found in semi-arid coastal areas, such as the Great Australian Bight. Is occasionally found in dry open forests and woodlands, and may be found along roadsides and occasionally in gardens.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: Unknown.

Diet: Nectar, but also on insects and sometimes honeydew. It forages mainly at flowers in trees and shrubs, and may be seen feeding in mixed flocks with other honeyeaters such as the Brown, Singing or Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters.

Nesting: Breeding season: August to November. Lays One to three eggs, usually two Incubation: 12 days Time in nest: 11 days

Cool Facts: While adult White-fronted Honeyeaters are hard to confuse with other species, the young may be confused with female or young Crescent Honeyeaters, P. pyrrhoptera. However, they tend to be darker, with a prominent dark 'bib' and more streaking on the underbody, and have very different calls.

In hot weather, adult White-fronted Honeyeaters may straddle nests to shade their young.


Found in Songbird ReMix Australia Volume I

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