Animal Species:Regent Honeyeater

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

Regent Honeyeater

Regent Honeyeater
Photographer: Purnell Collection © Purnell Collection

Standard Common Name

Regent Honeyeater

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.

Size range

Up to 23 cm.

Distribution

South-eastern Australia.

Habitat

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

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/social 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.

Classification

Species:
phrygia
Genus:
Xanthomyza
Family:
Meliphagidae
Order:
Passeriformes
Class:
Aves
Phylum:
Chordata

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Louise Carter , Technical Officer
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