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April 19, 2015

Brown-headed Honeyeaters

Brown-headed Honeyeaters

Our most abundant honeyeater at present is the Brown-headed Honeyeater. By no means spectacular in plumage and often overlooked, it is nonetheless an endearing small bird with its constant activity and distinctive chattering contact call and staccato song – click on the bar below to hear some of its vocalisations.
While weeding in the garden one of us even experienced its reported habit of taking human hair for nesting material – unfortunately from the one who could least afford to lose any more!

Brown-headed honeyeaters live and travel in close-knit communal groups, usually of 10 – 20, and are noted for huddling along a branch when roosting at night.
As usual, bird baths make good sites for photography, and we managed to get some shots of Brown-headed Honeyeaters on their own, as well as with a closely-related White-naped Honeyeater and some Yellow-faced Honeyeaters.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Shaunna permalink
    April 19, 2015 10:07 am

    Think Graeme Kennedy got in the bg of that recording 🙂

    • April 20, 2015 8:29 am

      Adds a bit of variety – also noticed a frog and currawong got in on the act.

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