white-cheeked honeyeater

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There are lots of honeyeaters living around here and they have plenty to feed on with flowering banksia, wattles, grevillas and gums in abundance plus lots of other native plants. I spotted this one while walking through Moonee Beach Nature Reserve and he was quickly joined by another. My bird book, Slaters Field Guide to Australian Birds 2nd edition, identifies it as an (east coast) White-cheeked Honeyeater. They have lovely yellow feathers on their wings and tail and a nice speckled chest, they also have fan-shaped, white cheek feathers that fluff out each side. The (west coast) white-cheeked honeyeaters have a more subdued white patch of feathers on their cheeks. The fluffy cheeks make it look like a lady wearing a feather boa. For those interested their proper name is Phylidonyris niger and they grow around 16-19 cms and lay slightly spotty pinkish eggs.

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