Scarlet Honeyeater

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Habitat: Woodland, Forest, Wetland, Urban


The Scarlet Honeyeater occurs in a wide range of forest habitats, but is most common in open eucalypt forests and woodlands, especially those that grow near wetlands. They are frequently seen in flowering shrubs, and can be spotted in urban areas where people have planted bottlebrushes and other nectar-rich species.


Populations of Scarlet Honeyeaters have occasionally exploded suddenly, with larger numbers than usual being reported in a particular area.


The Scarlet Honeyeater feeds mainly on nectar and sometimes on fruit and insects. It tends to feed in the upper levels of the canopy, foraging in flowers and foliage, usually singly, in pairs or small flocks. Often evicted by larger, more aggressive honeyeaters such as friarbirds.


The Scarlet Honeyeater breeds in pairs, with the more conspicuous male calling and displaying to the quieter females. The small cup nest is suspended from a horizontal branch or in a fork, and is made from fine bark and grass bound with spider web and lined with fine plant materials. The female incubates the eggs alone, but both sexes feed the young. Up to three broods may be produced per season.