Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula ornata)


Taxonomy

French: Méliphage orné German: Gelbscheitel-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero adornado
Taxonomy:

Ptilotis ornatus

Gould

, 1838,

Swan River, south-west Western Australia

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Sister to P. penicillata#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW Australia (mostly S of 30° S but largely excluding far SW) E to Eyre Bird Observatory (scattered records N of this range), and from E Nullarbor Plain and S Great Victoria Desert E in South Australia (including Eyre Peninsula, Flinders Ranges) to The Coorong and Murray Mallee and to NW & NC Victoria and C New South Wales.

Descriptive notes

14–18·5 cm; male 16–22·1g, female 12·2–21·1 g, unsexed 11–22 g. When breeding, top of head is yellow-olive, grading to... read more

Voice

Can be very noisy; one of first species to vocalize in morning, and heard sporadically through day... read more

Habitat

Mallee eucalypt woodlands, usually with sparse understorey of Leptospermum, Acacia... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods (insects, also spiders and mites), nectar (e.g. of Eucalyptus, Banksia, some Epacridaceae) and lerp, manna and... read more

Breeding

Recorded in all months, apparently least often in mid-summer and late autumn; most clutches (69%) Oct to early Dec. Possible instances of... read more

Movements

Largely resident over much of range, but at least some local movements. In detailed study at Mt... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Recorded densities of up to 3·6 birds/ha. Population N of Dubbo, in New South Wales, possibly isolated. Declined in... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2018). Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula ornata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60300 on 23 April 2018).