New Holland Honeyeater
Family: Meliphagidae (Honeyeaters, 74 species in Australia)
Size: 16-19 cm
Distribution: Within about 300 km of the coasts of NSW, Eastern SA, southermost QLD, southwest WA. Most of VIC and TAS.
Habitat: Coastal heaths, woodlands.
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
The New Holland Honeyeater is a common bird in the Blue Mountains, especially the Upper Blue Mountains. They are small and distinctive in appearance, and often seen in gardens where there are some native nectar-bearing plants such as bottlebrushes.
There is also a White-cheeked Honeyeater, which looks very similar except it has white cheeks.
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.
Some Birdwatching Resources
Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe. This one has colour drawings of the eggs and the nests which not many other field guides do (I can't think of any that do). It's an excellent field guide and one of the four main ones (the other three being above this one). The weakness of this field guide is that some of the pictures of the birds aren't as good (or accurate) as the other three most used field guides. It's also the heaviest though there is a pocket edition which is much smaller and lighter.
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