Yellow Honeyeater

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Lichenostomus flavus


Size 16-18.5cm.

A yellowish/green honeyeater with lemon yellow underparts and a faint dusky mask behind the brown eyes. The bill is slightly curved and dark. Found only in tropical Queensland. They are usually in pairs or small groups, constantly on the move, with loud chattering and ringing cheery calls.

Feeding Habits

They search busily through shrubs and flowering trees, often joining other honeyeaters feeding on nectar in blossoms. Also eat insects and fruit among leaves and branches. Planting bottlebrush or grevilleas will encourage these birds into your garden.


In summer a flimsy, shallow, cup-shaped nest of fibre, lined with fine grass and moss is built partly suspended from a tree fork. Two or three spotted eggs are laid. Both parents share in feeding the nestlings.

Places to Look

Open woodland, forested creeks, mangroves, orchards and gardens. Look in any flowering bottlebrushes or gums.


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

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