New Holland Honeyeater

The New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) is found throughout southern Australia.


It is around eighteen centimetres long, is mainly black, with a white iris, white facial tufts and yellow margins on its wing and tail feathers. It is a very active bird and it rarely sits long enough to give an extended view.

When danger approaches a New Holland Honeyeater, such as a bird of prey, a group of Honeyeaters will form together and give a warning call.

Males and females look alike in looks with the exception that females are slightly smaller. Younger Honeyeaters are mostly brown and have a grey eye.


New Holland Honeyeaters mostly eat the nectar of a flower as well as fruit, insects and spiders. They sometimes feed alone but they usually gather in large groups.

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