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This bird had recently been feeding on a flower as can be seen by the orange pollen all over it's face! I've included a photo of how the bird looks usually without the pollen in the last photo. A large honeyeater ranging from 26 to 32 cm (9–13 in) and averaging 29.5 cm (11.6 in) in length, the adult Blue-faced Honeyeater has a wingspan of 44 cm (17 in) and weighs around 105 g (3.7 oz). In general shape, it has broad wings with rounded tips and a medium squarish tail. The sturdy slightly downcurved bill is shorter than the skull, and measures 3 to 3.5 cm (1.2–1.4 in) in length. It is easily recognised by the bare blue skin around its eyes. The head and throat are otherwise predominantly blackish with a white stripe around the nape and another from the cheek. The upperparts, including mantle, back and wings, are a golden-olive colour, and the margins of the primary and secondary coverts a darker olive-brown, while the underparts are white.
Spotted usually on palms, this one was seen perched on a tree observing me. This one is part of a large group consisting of two or three males & several females & juveniles. There is around 15 birds in the group