New ID please - honeyeater in Victoria

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New ID please - honeyeater in Victoria

I was told this is a White Eared Honeyeater but the images I've seen when Googling seem different to what we have here.

This little bird rocked up onto our property here in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, about two months ago. And in the past two weeks it's been hanging around bushes near our house and now, today, our kitchen window sill. Whenever I hear it calling outside the kitchen in the camelia bush, I go to look for it through the window and now it's taken to sitting on the window sill.

The wings look like a New Holland Honeyeater but its throat is like that of an Eastern Spinebill. Has a different call to either bird, although a bit like the New Holland Honeyeater.

dwatsonbb's picture

Looks like a crescent Honeyeater, happy to stand corrected.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Woko's picture

I agree, Dale. 

Lightuningbird's picture

Yep. Crescent honey eater. A cute lil bird.

Wimmera mally region, Vic.

soakes's picture

Definitely a crescent honeyeater.  When I first saw this bird I thought it was a spinebill... took me a while to work out what it was!

Olinda, Victoria, Australia

kathiemt_1's picture

Yes, similar markings below its beak but with a back similar to a New Holland Honeyeater. It's almost like the two birds combined.

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