Brown Honeyeater

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Lichmera indistincta

Status: Common - Least concern


Size 12-16cm. Plain olive brown honeyeater, paler on belly, with a small yellow patch behind the eye. A fine yellow line on the gape in females and immature birds, changes to black in breeding males. The long dark downward curving bill is well suited to feeding on tubular flowers. Olive to yellow tips to wing feathers and tail. The call is a loud, ringing melodious trilling.

Feeding Habits

Mainly a nectar feeder, but insects are also taken whilst hovering or on the wing in acrobatic flight. Plant grevilleas or install a birdbath to encourage them into your garden.


The female builds a deep cup-shaped nest of bark strips, grass, leaves, and spider webs suspended in low growing foliage. She then incubates feeds the young while the male remains guarding their territory.

Places to Look

Common in gardens, eucalypt forests, woodlands, watercourse trees, mangroves, and wherever there are flowering trees and shrubs.


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

© Birdlife Townsville 2008
© Birdlife Townsville 2008

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