Black-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus affinis
Black-headed Honeyeater, Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia
February 2006

Black-headed Honeyeater is endemic to Tasmania and the Bass Strait Islands. It is found in dry eucalypt forest and woodland as well as coastal heaths and gardens.

Black-headed Honeyeater, Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image It feeds mainly on insects but occasionally takes nectar from the eucalypt flowers.

It has a black head and throat with a small white crescent above the eye. Upperparts are olive-green while below is white with black marks on each side of the breast. It has no pale band on the nape unlike some similar species such as Strong-billed Honeyeater M. validirostris.

Black-headed Honeyeater, Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
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