Striped Honeyeater

Facts and Figures
Research Species: 
No
Minimum Size: 
20cm
Maximum Size: 
23cm
Average size: 
22cm
Average weight: 
40g
Conservation Status
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Basic Information
Scientific Name: 
Featured bird groups: 
Atlas Number: 
585
What does it look like?
Description: 

The medium-sized Striped Honeyeater is grey-brown above, with a grey-white head and upper neck boldly striped black, and has whitish underparts with faint streaks on the belly and undertail. The feathers of the upper breast and throat are long and pointed, giving the head a shaggy appearance. Females are browner on the back than males, with more greyish underparts, while young birds are duller and less streaked overall. The bill and legs are blue-grey and the eye is dark.

Similar species: 

The Striped Honeyeater is much smaller than the similarly shaped wattlebirds and has much whiter, less streaked underparts.

Where does it live?
Distribution: 

The Striped Honeyeater is found in eastern Australia, mainly inland, from the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia to the coast of New South Wales, around Toukley, and north to Charters Towers, Queensland.

Habitat: 

The Striped Honeyeater is found in forests and woodlands, often along rivers, as well as mangroves and in urban gardens.

Seasonal movements: 

Sedentary; may be nomadic in drier areas.

What does it do?
Feeding: 

The Striped Honeyeater feeds mainly on insects and spiders, but will also eat nectar and other plant sugars, along with seeds, berries and fruit. It is mainly arboreal, feeding in pairs or small flocks in dense foliage, at the lower levels of the canopy.

Breeding: 

The Striped Honeyeater defends a breeding territory, becoming quite vigorous and aggressive during the breeding season (it is normally much less conspicuous than many other honeyeaters). Both sexes care for the young and communal breeding has been recorded for this species. The nest is a suspended cup made from grass and fibres, including emu feathers, which is lined with grass and placed at about 1 m - 6 m from the ground.

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