|Graceful Honeyeater Microptilotis gracilis
(aka Meliphaga gracilis)
|Cairns, Queensland, Australia
The Graceful Honeyeater is distributed in southern Papua New Guinea and in Australia from Cape York south to the Mitchell River on the west coast and south to Paluma on the east coast. It is found in rainforest, eucalypt forest, mangroves and gardens.
It is virtually identical to Yellow-spotted Honeyeater Meliphaga notata but is smaller with a proportionately longer and slimmer bill. The yellow gape line does not extend so far under the eye.It is also similar to Lewin's Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii which tends to be a bird found more often at higher elevations.
|The best method of identification is the voice. Graceful Honeyeater gives a short but fairly loud
"chip" ; Yellow-spotted Honeyeater gives a very loud series of 3 or more descending notes ; and Lewin's Honeyeater gives a loud,
staccato call resembling a machine-gun.
More information is available via Avibase.
|If you do not see a menu on the left, you may have arrived at this page from another site. Please click Home to get to my main page.|