Can anyone tell me what this bird is

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Can anyone tell me what this bird is

I have a bird that is part of a family of Yellow-tufted honeyeaters in my garden at present. The only difference with this bird is that it has a red crown on its head where the others have yellow. Would appreciate some info. I wanted to put in a photo for all to see but as I am new at this I don't know how. Cheers

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I don't think I can help without the photo, but I've just worked out how to include photos, so I thought I'd pass on the information. I've typed it in the "General" section under a thread "How to include a picture in your message.

By the way, we're all new to this forum, and learning fast. In fact it's existence hasn't been publicised yet. That will happen next week, after we've checked the system out for bugs. I expect that after a message has gone out to all Birds in Backyards members, there will be a bit more traffic and a greater opportunity for getting questions answered.

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Heres a photo of the bird seeking identification.

Holly
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Wow - I am sorry to say I have no idea! It is certainly intriguing though...

I have flicked through the bird book and cannot come up with anything.

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I GOT THIS REPLY EMAIL ABOUT THE BIRD IN THE PHOTO BUT I DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO REPLY BACK TO AND SEND THE PHOTO. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHERE SEARCH AND DISCOVER IS?

Thank you for your enquiry.
The young bird you have sighted sounds quite striking!
It is most likely to be a hybrid species of the endangered Helmeted or Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Lichenostomus cassidix. We are very interested in this little bird, and would love to see a photo is you are able to take one and send it through to our team at search & discover. From a visual image, we may be able to provide you with the species it has been crossed with.
Happy Bird Watching!
Regards Kellie Harris
Interpretive Officer

Holly
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Wow serendipity - sounds like you have sighted a very interesting bird!

marj
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Could it be a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater that has pollen on the top of its head from feeding in the flowers?

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Sounds very interesting!

ed
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pollen on the head maybe it. heres a brown backed honey eater with a reddish cap
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2131/2124705170_09b98c8b30_m.jpg

Ed Townsville NQ

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Ed Townsville NQ

ed
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third try.

Ed Townsville NQ

marj
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Identification is always easier when the location is known - it narrows down the possibilities.

marj
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ed - I like your guy's red cap!

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Hi people, Thank you for your replies to my strange yellow-tufted honeyeater. I have several of these little birds visiting me and they do not all have red heads. At present we are having alot of rain and if it was pollen on the birds head would it not wash of. I had a look inside the flowers and while they are red the pollen is very yellow inside. I am happy to agree it COULD be pollen but am just not 100% sure. I changed my profile picture to get a closer look of the bird.

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Here are the two little birds together they were feeding but I was too slow with my photos taking skills.

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