New Holland Honeyeater
Family: Meliphagidae (Honeyeaters, 74 species in Australia)
Size: 16-19 cm
Distribution: Within about 300 km of the coasts of NSW, Eastern SA, southermost QLD, southwest WA. Most of VIC and TAS.
Habitat: Coastal heaths, woodlands.
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
The New Holland Honeyeater is a common bird in the Blue Mountains, especially the Upper Blue Mountains. They are small and distinctive in appearance, and often seen in gardens where there are some native nectar-bearing plants such as bottlebrushes.
There is also a White-cheeked Honeyeater, which looks very similar except it has white cheeks.
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.
Some Birdwatching Resources
Attracting Birds to Your Garden, John Dengate. Now available in paperback, this is a practical guide to encouraging birds to inhabit your garden and to enjoying the results. Well-known radio and TV personality, John Dengate covers subjects such as planning and planting a garden to suit birds; natural versus artificial feeding; creating a garden wetland; and much more.
Click here to purchase from Australia $31.49 AUD
Reader's Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds. A
very very large blue hardcover book with a dust jacket that matches the cover. It is the tallest book I own, and it is so big that I have only one shelf that it fits on. You could work out by lifting it a few times.
Colour photos and detailed
descriptions of all the birds. Not a field guide as such (so not as good if you just want a book to learn to identify the birds). Not your usual coffee table book either because it lists every bird. Contains lots of information about every bird in Australia. Excellent.
Click here to purchase from Australia $62.49 AUD
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