Wednesday, 11 June 2014

White - cheeked Honeyeater

White-cheeked Honeyeater - Phylidonyris niger 16–19 cm

This birds habitat is forest, rainforest margins, heath undergrowth areas of open forest, woodland and  sandplains. This bird has a distinctive yapping call: ‘chwikup, chwikup’; ‘chwipit-chwipit’; ‘chakup-chakup-chakup’. Its song is a more musical, less sharp ‘chwippy-choo, chwippy-choo’ and lilting ‘twee-tee, twee-tee, twee-tee’, often given in display song flight when breeding. Locally migratory or nomadic.


Breeding

Breeds any time; activity peaks August–November. and March.–May; often nests in loose colonies. Cup nest is substantial, thick walled; made of bark strips, grass, leaves; thickly lined with softer material. Nest is supported and hidden by foliage of a low, dense shrub, clump of grass or reeds. 

Clutch 2–3 (21 x 15 mm). Female incubates, 15 days; both sexes feed young. 
Fledge at 13–15 days. 


It travels nomadically in search of nectar.   This is the only other shot that I could find quickly in my archives for you to give you an idea of its habitat.

Congratulations go to Stewart who hosts this meme on reaching his 100th WBW.

I am linking this post with WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.

Many thanks for visiting today and tomorrow I will continue the journey I started posting about last week on making my way to Tory Island.  I hope you will join me.

Many thanks for all who left comments on any of my posts.

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful bird and very nice photos. Those birds are regulars around here - especially out in the scrub - and their nests are extremely hard to see in the bushes.

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  2. Very original bird ! Really beautiful !

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  3. Like most of our birds, beautiful - but not musical.
    Congratulations to Stewart.

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  4. He is an impressive bird, and look at that long curved beak. All the better to get the nectar.

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  5. the yellow on this bird is stunning and I like it when I read that both Mom and Dad are involved in the feeding or raising of their young.

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  6. Nice shots of the honeyeater!
    I've never seen it in real life.
    Greetings Pia

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  7. Beautiful bird, the yellow color really stands out.. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

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  8. A lovely coloured Honeyeater Margaret - haven't seen this particular one but I love watching them get at the nectar :D)

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  9. nice shots and thanks for the brief notes on this bird!

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  10. I like the streaks of yellow on this bird. I can imagine how difficult it is to get a picture, but I think your first photo is excellent.

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  11. Beautiful bird and thank you for sharing these pictures! I never seen a White Cheeked Honeyeater before.

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  12. Thanks for sharing the great photos of this lovely bird and the information about the bird.
    Peace :)

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  13. Another gorgeous bird from your country♡♡♡ Lovely name "Honeyeater" ♪♪♪

    Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  14. Beautiful shots of this honey eater. Also really enjoyed this information about this bird.

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