Regent Honeyeater Click to enlarge image
Regent Honeyeater Image: Tony Morris
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    phrygia
    Genus
    Xanthomyza
    Family
    Meliphagidae
    Order
    Passeriformes
    Class
    Aves
    Phylum
    Chordata
  • Size Range
    Up to 23 cm.

Black head, yellow back, black wings with yellow patches.

Identification

It has a black head, neck and upper breast, a yellow back and breast scaled black, with the underparts grading into a white rump; black wings with conspicuous yellow patches, and a black tail, edged yellow. The male has yellowish warty bare skin around the eye. The female is smaller, with a bare yellowish patch under the eye only, and has less black on the throat.

Habitat

Eucalypt forests and woodlands, particularly in blossoming trees and mistletoe.

Distribution

South-eastern Australia.



Feeding and diet

Strongly nomadic, following flowering Eucalypts. It feeds mainly on nectar and other plant sugars, but will also feed on insects and spiders, and native and cultivated fruits. It forages in flowers or foliage, but sometimes comes down to the ground to bathe in puddles or pools, and may also hawk for insects on the wing.

Communication

Its call is quiet and melodious but it can also mimic larger honeyeaters.

Economic impacts

It is badly affected by land-clearing, with the clearance of nectar-producing trees and the poor health of many remnants, as well as competition for nectar from other honeyeaters. It is listed federally as an endangered species. At the state level, it is listed as endangered in Queensland and New South Wales, while in Victoria it is listed as threatened.