|Yellow-spotted Honeyeater Meliphaga
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater is endemic to Australia where it is distributed in much the same area as Graceful Honeyeater along the western and eastern sides of Cape York as far south as Paluma. It tends to be found at higher altitudes than Graceful Honeyeater.
|It is very similar to
Honeyeater M. gracilis and Lewin's
Honeyeater M. lewinii. Compared to Graceful Honeyeater
it is slightly larger with a proportionately shorter and stubbier
bill. The yellow gape line passes under the eye. Compared to
Lewin's Honeyeater, it is smaller and paler in colour. It
also has a dark brown eye while both Graceful and Lewin's
have blue-grey eyes.
However, the best method of identification is the voice. Yellow-spotted has a very loud, slow and deliberate series of descending notes which is quite different from the "chip" of Graceful and the machine-gun of Lewin's
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