A bird feeding a young on a palm leave.

A bird feeding a young on a palm leave.
Species: Blue-faced Honeyeater   Entomyzon cyanotis
Subspecies: cyanotis
Author: Brian J. Coates
Added to IBC: 25 Sep 2012 - 23:51
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Altitude (m): 
23 meters


Published in HBW Volume 13 on page 570.
Original HBW caption:
Juvenile Blue-faced Honeyeaters remain with their parents for several weeks after fledging, most being dependent on their parents for food, although some are capable of foraging just one day after leaving the nest. This species is unusual in that it prefers to breed in or on abandoned nests of Australasian babblers (Pomatostomus) or meliphagids such as friarbirds (Philemon). The Blue-faced Honeyeater will purloin material from old or active nests, and even evicts other species from their nests. It engages in communal breeding, and there are records of more than one female laying in the same nest.

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Birds of New Guinea
Including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville
All of the 943 species known to occur are covered, including the extraordinarily high total of 456 endemics, as well as 5 introduced species, 2 species yet to be formally described and a separate appendix with 75 vagrants. Subspecies are listed also to give a comprehensive overview of the remarkable regional avifauna.


Brian J. Coates, IBC1007986. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1007986.

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Brian J. Coates, IBC1007986. Photo of Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis at Brisbane, Australia. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1007986.

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