Bird of the Month September: New Holland Honeyeater
Ahhhhhhh.........can you feel it Sydney? Spring is right around the corner.
With it will come all sorts of new exciting blossoms for our birds to pollinate and enjoy. One of Australia's best attributes as a landmass are its honeyeaters, a group in which nearly half of all honeyeaters in the world are native to Australia. As a group, they are small to medium sized birds usually distinguished by their long curved beaks which they use to extract nectar with. Not only is the world their oyster, but their beaks are shuckers too.
Unlike other birds with specialized beaks to extract nectar with though, like hummingbirds, honeyeaters can't hover in flight nor are they so small or rapid. Often, when you see them, they are perch darting, moving rapidly from one perch to another. Anecdotally, I find that the New Holland Honeyeater sits the most still of all the honeyeaters around Sydney. At least long enough for me to take its picture!
Brightly distinguished in black, yellow and white, the New Holland Honeyeater is unmistakable during a walk through the bush. Look for it year round in Sydney, but you can bet it will be working its tail off in Spring with all the new blossoms.
A hard working Sydney bird helping to pollinate our forests - our hat's off to you New Holland Honeyeater. You are bird of the month.