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|Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater - Acanthagenys rufogularis|
|Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater has a pink and black beak|
The Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater - Acanthagenys rufogularis - is a large, cinnamon-breasted honeyeater with dark-tipped pink bill. Iris is pale blue. Pink skin under eye and above white cheek. Cinnamon throat and breast. Crown is grey-brown, finely scalloped. Back mottled grey-brown. Wing feathers white-edged. Rump pale grey. Creamy-white below with brownish streaks. Tail black-brown with white tip. Size 22 to 27 centimetres. Juveniles have brown iris, paler facial skin, yellow spines.
Feeds on insects and small native fruits as well as nectar. In pairs or small flocks.
Clear, piping musical singing voice. Often calls from high bare perches and in high display flight.
Nomadic, generally common.
Lives in arid-woodlands, mallee, mulga, often with spinifex ground cover. Also lives in scrubby vegetation on drier parts of the coast.
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Found over most of Australia except for the eastern and northern edges. Not found in Tasmania. Also found along the Victorian coast; some darker-bellied birds have been reported on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.