Yellow-faced Honeyeater

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Habitat: Woodland, Coastal, Urban, Forest, Wetland

The Yellow-faced Honeyeater is found in open forests and woodlands, often near water and wetlands. It uses ridges, sand dunes, valleys and rivers when migrating. It is often found in urban areas, including in remnant bushland, as well as parks and gardens. It will use areas infested with weeds such as Scotch Broom and Blackberry.

When migrating, the Yellow-faced Honeyeater can be seen in large flocks, with several thousand birds passing every hour in some places. It has also been known to damage fruit in gardens and orchards.

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters feed on nectar, pollen, fruit, seeds, insects and their products. They tend to forage in the flowers and foliage of trees and shrubs, as well as mistletoe, and are rarely seen on the ground.

Breeding pairs of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters defend territories during the season. The female builds a neat, woven, sometimes fragile, cup from green materials such as moss, in the understorey of forests or in hedges, vines and other garden shrubs. She incubates the eggs alone, but both parents feed the young. The nests can be parasitised by the Shining and Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoos, as well as the Fan-tailed, Brush and, particularly, Pallid Cuckoos.