Australian Bush Birds
Blue-faced Honeyeater  -  Entomyzon cyanotis
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Blue-faced Honeyeater at Casino, northern New South Wales. The wind is ruffling the black feathers on the breast.
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Left: Blue-faced Honeyeater holding a red berry in its beak.
Right: The golden-olive back is often as distinctive as the blue-face.
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Left: Blue-faced honeyeater using its strong claws to hang under a tree while probing bark crevices for food items.
Right: Honeyeater pauses searching for food to look carefully at the camera.
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map map The Blue-faced Honeyeater - Entomyzon cyanotis - has a black head with white band across the back, white or yellow eye, bare patch of blue skin around each eye. Bib dark grey; body white below. Back is golden-olive extending onto the tail feathers which have white tips. Juveniles have olive-green or yellow facial skin turning blue at 16 months. Grows 26 to 33 centimetres long.

Feeds on nectar, fruit and insects and can be very industrious searching crevices in bark for food.

Lives in open forests and eucalyptus or paperbark woodlands, in mangroves, along river-edge vegetation.

There are three variations. Race cyanotis in Queensland and New South Wales as described above; griseigularis in Far North Queensland is smaller with larger facial skin patches; albipennis in the Northern Territory and Kimberley has light to deep turquois facial patches and large white underwing patches.

Abundant and locally nomadic in the north, uncommon in the southern part of the range.

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Blue-faced Honeyeater at Mt Surprise, Queensland. This is a very active species; this bird is hanging nearly upside down to reach a food item.