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Crescent Honeyeater, Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera

Description

The Crescent Honeyeater is a medium sized (140-160mm), dark grey honeyeater with a long down-curved bill and a red-brown eye. Males have a distinctive yellow wing patch, a white streak above the eye and a distinctive dark crescent across each side of the breast, outlined in white. The belly is pale brown-grey to white. There are white markings on the tail.

Females are smaller and a duller olive brown above, with an olive brown crescent across each side of the breast and olive-yellow wing patches. Young birds resemble adults, but lack strong breast markings.

Habitat

The Crescent Honeyeater is widespread in Tasmania, except in the north-east, where it tends to be more sparsely distributed. It is found in coastal heaths, wet and sclerophyll forests, rainforests and alpine woodland, as well as parks and gardens. It is more common in lowland and coastal areas during autumn and winter.

The Crescent Honeyeater is commonly seen on the slopes of Mt Wellington.

Diet

The Crescent Honeyeater feeds on nectar, fruit and insects, foraging mainly on understorey shrubs. It usually feeds singularly or in pairs, but may be seen feeding in small flocks.

Breeding

The nest is a deep cup made from bark, grass, twigs, roots and lined with grass, down, moss and animal fur. It is placed in a well-concealed position, usually low in the centre of a shrub. The female incubates the eggs and broods the young but both sexes feed the nestlings and may continue to feed fledglings for up to two weeks after leaving the nest.

Distribution Map courtesy Natural Values Atlas, data from theLIST
© 2010 State of Tasmania

Call

The call is a loud, metallic, "egypt".

Distribution

Found in suitable habitat throughout Tasmania.