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|White-cheeked Honeyeater - Phylidonyris nigra|
|White-checked Honeyeater on a banksia plant surveying the area.|
|The White-checked Honeyeater; this is the eastern variant with triangular cheek patches.|
The White-cheeked Honeyeater - Phylidonyris nigra - is a small bird with dark coloured head, characteristic white cheek patch, long bill, brown eye. Yellow on wings and tail. Reaches 16 to 20 centimetres in length.
Found along the east coast from south New South Wales to north of Rockhampton; and in the south western corner of Western Australia. Two variants occupy these widely separated areas; the western variant has large oval white cheek patches, the eastern variant has triangular cheek patches.
The New Holland Honeyeater - Phylidonyris novaehollandiae - is very similar but has white eye rings and lacks white cheek patches.
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Common; locally migratory or nomadic. Lives in coastal heath or undergrowth areas of open forests; in woodlands and rainforest margins. In north Queensland lives in the highlands. Forages for nectar and insects; often moving in small groups in search of flowering vegetation.