General Description

Small honeyeater with short, slender bill that is slightly curved downwards. Upper parts olive-green, mostly white below. Black cap with white band on back of head. Orange-red patch of skin above eye. Length 13.5 cm; wingspan 20.5 cm.


Usually seen in pairs or small groups, but can form large flocks on migration. These birds usually feed on nectar and insects in the canopy of tall trees, but sometimes forage in the understorey. They are noisy, active and acrobatic when foraging.


Eastern and south-western Australia


Open dry sclerophyll forests and woodlands, especially those dominated by eucalypts.

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