The White-plumed Honeyeater - Lichenostomus penicillatus - is an olive bird with yellow cheeks and ear coverts and white neck plume with fine dark border. Bill black. Throat and breast grey, under parts grey. Size 13-15 centimetres. Juveniles have orange base of bill and are paler-bodied with indistinct or no plume.
There are four races. penicillatus, described above, found in southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and south-east South Australia; carteri has a fawn back with bright yellow face and underparts, found in central Western Australia; leilavalensis is paler overall, found in western Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia; calconi has a light yellow face and is paler overall than carteri, found in northern Western Australia.
Lives in open forest and woodland, especially in streamside vegetation along inland watercourses. Specially occurs in red gum. Adaptable.