Yellow-faced Honeyeater Click to enlarge image
Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Lichenostomus chrysops Image: SG Lane
© SG Lane

Fast Facts

  • IUCN Conservation Status
  • Classification
  • Size Range
    16 cm to 17 cm

When migrating, the Yellow-faced Honeyeater can be seen in large flocks, with several thousand birds passing every hour in some places.

What do Yellow-faced Honeyeaters look like?


The Yellow-faced Honeyeater is a medium to small, plainly coloured honeyeater with a slightly down-curved bill. It is dark grey-brown above, with some brown streaking on the head, and paler below with lighter streaks. It has a distinctive, broad yellow face-stripe, bordered with black. The males are slightly larger but the sexes are otherwise similar. Young are paler and unstreaked on the head. It can be seen in large flocks when migrating, and in smaller groups when feeding.

Where do Yellow-faced Honeyeaters live?


The Yellow-faced Honeyeater is found in open forests and woodlands, often near water and wetlands. It uses ridges, sand dunes, valleys and rivers when migrating. It is often found in urban areas, including in remnant bushland, as well as parks and gardens. It will use areas infested with weeds such as Scotch Broom and Blackberry.


The Yellow-faced Honeyeater is widespread in eastern and south-eastern mainland Australia, from northern Queensland to eastern South Australia.

What do Yellow-faced Honeyeaters eat and how do they communicate?

Feeding and diet

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters feed on nectar, pollen, fruit, seeds, insects and their products. They tend to forage in the flowers and foliage of trees and shrubs, as well as mistletoe, and are rarely seen on the ground.


Loud, cheerful calls: series of 'chick-up' notes.

What are Yellow-faced Honeyeaters breeding behaviours?

Breeding Behaviour/s

Breeding pairs of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters defend territories during the season. The female builds a neat, woven, sometimes fragile, cup from green materials such as moss, in the understorey of forests or in hedges, vines and other garden shrubs. She incubates the eggs alone, but both parents feed the young. The nests can be parasitised by the Shining and Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoos, as well as the Fan-tailed, Brush and, particularly, Pallid Cuckoos.

Breeding Season: July to March.


Partially migratory, with regular movements to and from south-eastern Australia; moving north in autumn and south in spring.

Economic/social impacts

The Yellow-faced Honeyeater can be injured by cats. It has also been known to damage fruit in gardens and orchards.