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New Holland Honeyeaters Are Black And White With Just The Right Pop Of Yellow

Amy Pilkington 24 Sep 2020

If I were to visit one place in the world specifically for bird-watching, it would be Australia. From the pink cockatoos that wander the streets like New York pigeons, to the pink-breasted robins, they just have so many amazing birds to see.

Now I can add another cutie to my bird watching: the New Holland Honeyeater.

Just look at these sweethearts!

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Their black and white stripes are really eye-catching and then they have that perfect pop of yellow. It's like something a designer would come up with.

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You probably guessed from the name that these guys like sweets.

They eat mostly nectar, but will also enjoy fruit, seeds, and insects on occasion.

In this video of a few joining a morning tea, you can see their tongues lapping up the leftover jam on a plate.

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Their range covers most of southern Australia and they often flock together with other honeyeater species.

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New Holland Honeyeaters are very social with humans and love baths, so a yard with a bird bath is the perfect way to entice them to visit.

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Both males and females look the same, though the females are slightly smaller.

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Juveniles are brown and have gray eyes instead of white.

They are also commonly confused with White-cheeked honeyeater's, which look very similar, but large white patches on their cheeks and dark eyes.

h/t: Birds in Backyards

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