Australian Bush Birds
Singing Honeyeater  -  Lichenostomus virescens
Singing Honyeater
Singing Honeyeater with black beak, black eye-stripe with yellow patch below. (Broome, WA)
map map The Singing Honeyeater - Lichenostomus virescens - has a broad black band from bill through the eye to side of the neck; underlined by yellow and white. Crown and back vary from grey-brown in the south west of the range to olive-brown in the south-east of the range. Wings and tail are brown, edged yellow. Throat cream, breast pale streaked dark grey. Under parts are dull, off-white, streaked grey-brown, often with slight yellowish tint. Grows from 16 to 24 centimetres.

Lives in dry, scrubby woodland, mallee, mulga and other inland scrub; on sandplains and dune thickets and in mangroves. Often seen perched on the highest branch on a shrub and singing loudly.

Singing Honyeater Singing Honyeater
Left. Singing Honeyeater with grey back, yellow feathers, and characteristic eye stripe. (Port Fairy, Vic)
Right. Singing Honeyeater on a favourite perch on top of a shrub or tree. (Warrnambool, Vic)
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Singing Honyeater
Singing Honeyeater from south-east of range with brown back (Warrnambool, Vic).
May be confused with Grey-headed Honeyeater in north of the range and Purple-gaped honeyeater in south of the range.

The Singing Honeyeater is one of the best known and most widespread honeyeaters. There is gradual variation in appearance across the continent; darkest in humid conditions and paler towards arid regions; large in the south to small in the north. Widespread, common, sedentary or nomadic.