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.
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
- Woodland Birds of the Burdekin Dry Tropics
- Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club)
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