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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    lanceolata
    Genus
    Plectorhyncha
    Family
    Meliphagidae
    Order
    Passeriformes
    Class
    Aves
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Identification

The medium-sized Striped Honeyeater is grey-brown above, with a grey-white head and upper neck boldly striped black, and has whitish underparts with faint streaks on the belly and undertail.

The feathers of the upper breast and throat are long and pointed, giving the head a shaggy appearance.

Females are browner on the back than males, with more greyish underparts, while young birds are duller and less streaked overall. The bill and legs are blue-grey and the eye is dark.


Distribution

The Striped Honeyeater is found in eastern Australia, mainly inland, from the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia to the coast of New South Wales, around Toukley, and north to Charters Towers, Queensland.

Habitat

The Striped Honeyeater is found in forests and woodlands, often along rivers, as well as mangroves and in urban gardens.

Feeding & Diet

The Striped Honeyeater feeds mainly on insects and spiders, but will also eat nectar and other plant sugars, along with seeds, berries and fruit. It is mainly arboreal, feeding in pairs or small flocks in dense foliage, at the lower levels of the canopy.

Breeding Behaviour

The Striped Honeyeater defends a breeding territory, becoming quite vigorous and aggressive during the breeding season (it is normally much less conspicuous than many other honeyeaters). Both sexes care for the young and communal breeding has been recorded for this species. The nest is a suspended cup made from grass and fibres, including emu feathers, which is lined with grass and placed at about 1 m - 6 m from the ground.