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Bird Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops)

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Common Name: Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

Scientific name: Lichenostomus melanops

Family: Meliphagidae

Order: Passeriformes

Other Names: NA

Distribution: Endemic to eastern and south-eastern mainland Australia, the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater is found from the Tropic of Capricorn (Queensland) to south-western Victoria and south-eastern South Australia.

Habitat: Open dry forests and woodlands dominated by eucalypts, and often near water.

Field Notes: A striking, medium to medium-large honeyeater with a slightly down-curved bill. It is olive-brown above, yellowish grey below, with a black face mask and bright yellow ear tufts and sides of the throat. The males are slightly larger but the sexes are otherwise similar. Young are duller and paler, with yellow areas washed green. There are three subspecies, two of which are fairly similar (L. m. melanops and L. m. meltoni) and one which is much larger, with brighter plumage (L. m. cassidix ). This latter subspecies is known as the Helmeted Honeyeater and is endangered, being restricted to the Yellingbo area of Victoria. Size, 16.5-21 cm

Photos by Dusty, 2012. Wrattens national park, QLD

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