French: Méliphage fardé German: Weißohr-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero cariblanco
“Neuholland” = region of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. n. gouldii
(Schlegel, 1872) – Moustached Honeyeater – coastal and subcoastal SW Australia from Murchison R S to Esperance–Israelite Bay, occasionally E to Eyre Bird Observatory (50 km S of Cocklebiddy).
P. n. niger
(Bechstein, 1811) – White-cheeked Honeyeater – E Australia on and E of Great Divide, from NE Queensland (Mt Windsor Tableland S, inland to Wongabel, Ravenshoe and upper reaches of Burdekin R, to Paluma Range) and, disjunctly, from Eungella National Park (inland from Mackay) S to SE New South Wales (Illawarra region to Shoalhaven R).
16–20 cm; male 15·5–25 g and female 15·5–20·5 g (nominate), two males 18·1 g and 21·5 g and one female 16 g (gouldii... read more
Noisy, with frequent loud chattering. Four main call types recognized. Variety of brief calls,... read more
Primarily low moist to wet heathland or, less often, drier heathland, or ecotone between dry and... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly nectar, also insects. Frequently takes nectar from Banksia and Eucalyptus, and, in SW Australia, Dryandra... read more
Recorded in all months, with peak in winter, eggs or estimated laying Feb–Dec (mainly Apr–Aug); in New South Wales 80% of... read more
Apparently largely resident, with at least some movements; occurrence or changes in numbers often... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common; sparsely distributed in extreme SW. No estimates of global abundance, but recorded densities of 0·06–0·4 birds/ha.
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