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Blue-faced Honeyeater

Entomyzon cyanotis


The Blue-faced Honeyeater, also colloquially known as the Bananabird, is a passerine bird of the Honeyeater family Meliphagidae (which also includes the Friar Bird and Noisy Miner). At almost 30 cm (12 in) in length, it is large for a honeyeater. Its plumage is distinctive, with olive on top and white underneath, and a black head and throat with white nape and cheeks. Males and females are similar in appearance. Adults have a blue area of bare skin on each side of the face, whereas juveniles have yellow or green patches of bare skin. Diet is mostly composed of invertebrates, supplemented with nectar and fruit. They often take over and renovate old babbler nests, in which the female lays and incubates two or rarely three eggs. Here's a spotting of a juvenile bird -


Spotted feeding on a native flowering grevillea, in the Brisbane suburb of Morningside. The species is usually found in tropical, sub-tropical and wetter temperate or semi-arid zones. It is mostly found in open forests and woodlands close to water, as well as monsoon forests, mangroves and coastal heathlands. It is often seen in banana plantations, orchards, farm lands and in urban parks, gardens and golf courses.


All these photos were taken from the drivers seat of my car. In that position I just couldn't get close, but at least I was partially hidden by the vehicle itself. I would not have managed these photos had I been on foot. And the young lady who drove into the car park behind me was very patient. I didn't realise she was there but I think she could see I was nerding and let me be. I did apologise and thanked her :)

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Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Lat: -27.47, Long: 153.07

Spotted on Mar 5, 2019
Submitted on Mar 5, 2019

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