Blue-faced Honeyeater

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Blue-faced Honeyeater, Entomyzon cyanotis, is sized 24-30cm, which is quite large for a regular honeyeater. This honeyeater features striking blue skin around the yellow/white eye. The face and neck are black, with a narrow white band across the back of the head. The back, wings and tail are a golden olive green and the underparts are white with a grey/black throat and upper breast. Immatures have green facial skin. Call is very noisy and repetitive. Usually seen in pairs or small groups.

Feeding Habits

Feeds on insects and other invertebrates, fruit, pollen and nectar.


July-January. Nests are often made in the abandoned nests of other birds. The old nests are just added to and relined. If a new nest is built it is a neat round cup of rough bark lined with shredded bark and grass. Both parents feed the young.

Places to Look

The Blue-faced Honeyeater is usually very close to water at all times.

  • Open forests
  • Woodlands
  • Farmlands
  • Parks
  • Gardens


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

Male Blue-faced Honeyeater © Birdlife Townsville 2008

Blue-faced Honeyeater © Birdlife Townsville 2008

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