White-naped Honeyeater

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Habitat: Woodland, Forest, Urban


The White-naped Honeyeater is found in open forests and woodlands, mainly in the temperate zone, and rarely in drier areas. Found in urban gardens, commonly visiting nectar feeders in areas near forests.


A migratory species, the White-naped Honeyeater sometimes forms flocks of hundreds or even thousands of birds when on the move, and often migrates with flocks of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, flying just above the treetops as they move through an area.


The White-naped Honeyeater feeds on nectar and insects and their products (e.g. honeydew and lerp), and manna. They tend to forage in the tallest trees, and occasionally under bark and are rarely seen on the ground.


During the breeding season, White-naped Honeyeaters breed communally, with both the parents and helpers looking after the young, although only the female incubates the eggs. The female builds a small open cup nest out of grass, bark, and spider web, high up in a tree or sapling. At least two broods are raised in a season. The nests can be parasitised by the Fan-tailed and Pallid Cuckoos.