Capricorn Coast Birds
  Mangrove Honeyeater
Lichostomus fasciogularis
Average size 20cm
These are only found in Australia and are confined to the coastal fringe and offshore islands of the east coast from Townsville south to the northern coast of NSW.
They are seen singly, in twos or small loose groups and are fairly common here but generally stay within the foliage and are difficult to see and identify. The photo was taken at Sandy Point where, for some reason, a group of them were openly very active feeding on a tuckeroo in flower and didn't seem to mind my presence.
They live mainly in mangroves and adjacent coastal vegetation but are also found in nearby woodlands and shrublands.
Like most honeyeaters their diet is not only nectar but includes fruit and insects and their lavae.
Males and females look the same and breed in late winter and early summer, from about August to December, nearly always building their nests in a densely foliaged mangrove tree.
It's interesting to note that many Australian plants are fertilised by honeyeaters, particularly the Banksias, Grevilleas, Myrtles and Eucalypts, these plants and honeyeaters have evolved together over millions of years and have developed a reciprocal dependence on each other.
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