Yellow-faced honeyeater

  • yellow-faced honeyeater
    caligavis chrysops - lake parramatta reserve.jpg
    conservation status

    least concern (iucn 3.1)[1]
    scientific classification edit
    kingdom: animalia
    phylum: chordata
    class: aves
    order: passeriformes
    family: meliphagidae
    genus: caligavis
    species:
    c. chrysops
    binomial name
    caligavis chrysops
    (latham, 1801)
    yellowfacedhemap.png
    yellow-faced honeyeater natural range
    subsp. barroni olive
    subsp. chrysops green
    subsp. samueli blue
    synonyms
    • sylvia chrysops latham, 1801
    • lichenostomus chrysops (latham, 1802)
    • melithreptus gilvicapillus vieillot, 1817
    • ptilotis trivirgata g.r. gray, 1869

    the yellow-faced honeyeater (caligavis chrysops) is a small to medium-sized bird in the honeyeater family, meliphagidae. it takes its common and scientific names from the distinctive yellow stripes on the sides of its head. its loud clear call often begins twenty or thirty minutes before dawn. it is widespread across eastern and south eastern australia, in open sclerophyll forests from coastal dunes to high-altitude subalpine areas, and woodlands along creeks and rivers. comparatively short-billed for a honeyeater, it is thought to have adapted to a diet of flies, spiders and beetles, as well as nectar and pollen from the flowers of plants such as banksia and grevillea, and soft fruits. it catches insects in flight as well as gleaning them from the foliage of trees and shrubs.

    some yellow-faced honeyeaters are sedentary, but hundreds of thousands migrate northwards between march and may to spend the winter in southern queensland and return in july and august to breed in southern new south wales and victoria. they form socially monogamous pairs and lay two or three eggs in a delicate cup-shaped nest. the success rate can be low, and the pairs nest several times during the breeding season.

    honeyeaters' preferred woodland habitat is vulnerable to the effects of land clearing, grazing, and weeds. as it is common and widespread, the yellow-faced honeyeater is considered by the international union for conservation of nature (iucn) to be of least concern for conservation. it is considered a pest in orchards in some areas.

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Yellow-faced honeyeater
Caligavis chrysops - Lake Parramatta Reserve.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Meliphagidae
Genus: Caligavis
Species:
C. chrysops
Binomial name
Caligavis chrysops
(Latham, 1801)
YellowfacedHEmap.png
Yellow-faced honeyeater natural range
subsp. barroni olive
subsp. chrysops green
subsp. samueli blue
Synonyms
  • Sylvia chrysops Latham, 1801
  • Lichenostomus chrysops (Latham, 1802)
  • Melithreptus gilvicapillus Vieillot, 1817
  • Ptilotis trivirgata G.R. Gray, 1869

The yellow-faced honeyeater (Caligavis chrysops) is a small to medium-sized bird in the honeyeater family, Meliphagidae. It takes its common and scientific names from the distinctive yellow stripes on the sides of its head. Its loud clear call often begins twenty or thirty minutes before dawn. It is widespread across eastern and south eastern Australia, in open sclerophyll forests from coastal dunes to high-altitude subalpine areas, and woodlands along creeks and rivers. Comparatively short-billed for a honeyeater, it is thought to have adapted to a diet of flies, spiders and beetles, as well as nectar and pollen from the flowers of plants such as Banksia and Grevillea, and soft fruits. It catches insects in flight as well as gleaning them from the foliage of trees and shrubs.

Some yellow-faced honeyeaters are sedentary, but hundreds of thousands migrate northwards between March and May to spend the winter in southern Queensland and return in July and August to breed in southern New South Wales and Victoria. They form socially monogamous pairs and lay two or three eggs in a delicate cup-shaped nest. The success rate can be low, and the pairs nest several times during the breeding season.

Honeyeaters' preferred woodland habitat is vulnerable to the effects of land clearing, grazing, and weeds. As it is common and widespread, the yellow-faced honeyeater is considered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to be of least concern for conservation. It is considered a pest in orchards in some areas.

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