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.
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NEW: The Australian Bird Guide, by Peter Menkhorst (Author), Danny Rogers (Author), Rohan Clarke (Author), Jeff Davies (Illustrator), Peter Marsack (Illustrator), Kim Franklin (Illustrator).
Revised Edition 2019. Original edition published 2017. This is a newer Australian bird field guide that I just got recently. It may be the best one out of all of them now. Though I still like the pictures better in "Simpson and Day" in terms of their artistic value, and that they just look more interesting to me than the drawings in any other bird field guide I've seen. This one has more "clinical" looking pictures. They are coloured artist-rendered drawings, not photographs. Though the more "clinical" look is meant to be more anatomically accurate, and better for identification.
The rest of the book is wonderful, with different coloured regions on the range maps, and very high quality information overall. It was the winner in its category for an Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) award for book of the year in 2018.
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