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|New Holland Honeyeater - Phylidonyris novaehollandiae|
|New Holland Honeyeater with long, curved beak; mainly black and white plumage with brown and yellow parts.|
|Left. The New Holland Honeyeater is a mixture of black with white markings and a conspicuous yellow on the wing and sometimes on the tail as well.|
Right. This honeyeater likes singing on top of shrubbery.
Most obvious features of the New Holland Honeyeater - Phylidonyris novaehollandiae - are the yellow on wings and tail, white tail tips and white eye ring. Head is black with white streaks and tufts above and below the eye and at the side of the neck. Under parts are streaked white and dark. Bill is slender. Size 16 to 20 centimetres. Far more yellow is shown in flight than when the wings and tail are folded. A fast, low-flying, New Holland Honeyeater is a mainly yellow blur with some white and black.
Lives in forest and woodland with undergrowth as well as in heaths, mallee and coastal thickets. Sedentary or locally nomadic. Takes insects in flight as well as feeding on nectar.
There are five variants of this species; in the south west of WA, on Kangaroo Island, on Bass Strait islands, in Tasmania and in south east Australia from Brisbane to Port Lincoln.
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The similar White-cheeked Honeyeater has much larger white cheek patches and a heavier bill.