Capricorn Coast Birds
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Entomyzon cyanotis
Averagesize 29 cm
This noisy and gregarious honeyeater is usually seen in pairs or small flocks and is found across northern and eastern mainland Australia, from the Kimberley region to near Adelaide, South Australia, being more common in the north of this range, they are also found in Papua New Guinea. Their preferred habitats are open forests, coastal scrub and woodlands close to water and they are very common on the Capricorn Coast where you can see them daily in urban parks, home gardens, along streets and on bush walks.
They feed mostly on insects and other invertebrates but also eat nectar and fruit from native and exotic plants, foraging on the bark, limbs, flowers and foliage of trees.
Males and females are indistinguishable while juvenile birds are similar but have yellow-green facial skin and a lighter grey bib. Breeding season is from June to February and the abandoned nests of other birds are often used, sometimes these are not modified but often they are added to and relined, if a new nest is built it is a round cup of rough bark lined with finer bark and grass.