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Blue-faced Honeyeater

 
Introduction:
Large black, white and olive green bird, blue skin around eyes.
Identification:
A large black, white and golden olive-green bird with striking blue skin around the eye. The crown, face and neck are black, with a narrow white band across the back of the neck. The upperparts and wings are a golden olive green, and the underparts are white, with a grey-black throat and upper breast. Juvenile birds are similar to the adults but the facial skin is yellow-green and the throat is a lighter grey. Size up to 32cm
Max. Size:
32 cm.
Distribution:
The Blue-faced Honeyeater is found in northern and eastern mainland Australia, from the Kimberley region, Western Australia to near Adelaide, South Australia, being more common in the north of its range. It is not found in central southern New South Wales or eastern Victoria. This species is also found in Papua New Guinea.
Habitat:
Open forests, woodlands, mangroves and coastal heathlands close to water in tropical, sub-tropical and wetter temperate zones. It is often seen in banana plantations, orchards, farm lands and in urban parks, gardens and golf courses.
Biology:
One of the first birds heard calling in the morning, often calling 30 minutes before sunrise.  It is gregarious and noisy, emitting a repeated, penetrating call of 'woik'; 'weet weet weet' at daybreak; or a softer 'hwit hwit' or squeak uttered in flight.  Usually seen in pairs or small flocks. It forages in pairs or noisy flocks of up to seven birds (occasionally many more) on the bark and limbs of trees, as well as on flowers and foliage. Is known to feed on nectar, fruits and flowers of native and exotic plants in tropical areas, but feeds mostly on insects and other invertebrates.  Generally breeds in pairs, but may sometimes be a cooperative breeder, where immature birds help the main breeding pair to feed nestlings. Most nests are made on the abandoned nests of other birds, such as Grey-crowned Babblers, Noisy, Silver-crowned and Little Friarbirds, Noisy Miner, Red Wattlebird, Australian Magpie and Magpie-Lark. Sometimes the nests are not modified, but often they are added to and relined. If a new nest is built, it is a neat round cup of rough bark, linked with finer bark and grass. Both the male and female tend the young birds, sometimes with the assistance of helpers. The fledglings remain with the parents for some time after fledging. Breeding season: June to February Clutch size: Two, rarely three Incubation: 16 days. It is known as the Banana- bird in tropical areas, for its habit of feeding on banana fruit and flowers.
Other Common Names:

Banana Bird
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O.58921 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Jersey Homestead, 12 Km Nw Of Cobar, 4 Km W Of Highway , (31 25' S , 145 42' E), 29 Dec 1985
O.55499 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Cobbarah Station, Cobbora , (32 4' S , 149 8' E), 20 Oct 1909
O.54841 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Gordon Brook , (29 26' S , 152 38' E), 28 Oct 1909
O.54781 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Grafton: Old Copmanhurst Rd , (29 41' S , 152 56' E), 10 Apr 1979
O.56197 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Grafton, Clarence R , (29 41' S , 153 27' E), 1914
O.56297 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Woodburn Richmond R , (29 4' S , 153 21' E), 1884
O.59670 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Hay: Booligal Rd, Near Hay Railway Crossing , (34 30' S , 144 51' E), 10 Sep 1986
O.52709 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Old Bogamildi , (29 14' S , 150 3' E), 30 Sep 1920
O.48503 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Cooktown , (15 29' S , 145 15' E), 10 Nov 1910
O.61678 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Brindley Park, Merriwa , (32 6' S , 150 22' E), 3 Sep 1914
O.60090 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Jersey Homestead, 12 Km Nw Of Cobar, 4 Km W Of Highway , (31 25' S , 145 42' E), 30 Dec 1985
O.56470 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Jersey Homestead, 12 Km Nw Of Cobar, 4 Km W Of Highway , (31 25' S , 145 42' E), 31 Jan 1982
O.61679 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Leeville, Richmond R , (28 57' S , 153 E), 17 Sep 1909

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.39113 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Georgetown, 20 Miles W , (18 16' S , 143 13' E), 13 Jul 1952

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.39811 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, 15 Miles Nw Of Byrock , (30 29' S , 146 15' E), 6 Nov 1959

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.46305 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Northern Territory, Darwin , (12 27' S , 130 50' E), 2 Jul 1977
O.47391 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, The Mole, 115 Km N Of Warren , (30 45' S , 147 25' E), 19 Feb 1979
O.48211 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Coen , (13 56' S , 143 11' E), 16 Oct 1922
O.48418 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Coen , (13 56' S , 143 11' E), 26 Oct 1923
O.50428 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Cobbarah Station, Cobbora , (32 4' S , 149 8' E), 17 Sep 1909
O.49384 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Coen: 6 Mile Road , (13 56' S , 143 11' E), 18 Nov 1920
O.51267 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Bloomfield R , (15 58' S , 145 19' E), 17 Nov 1910
O.50429 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Cobbarah Station, Cobbora , (32 4' S , 149 8' E), 25 Oct 1908
O.50430 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Cooktown Area , (15 29' S , 145 15' E), 16 Dec 1909
O.50431 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Cooktown Area , (15 29' S , 145 15' E), 17 Nov 1909
O.50432 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Mackay , (21 8' S , 149 11' E), 19 Sep 1909
O.50433 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E), 18 Nov 1896

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.51066 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Cobbora , (32 3' S , 149 15' E), 23 Oct 1910
O.51266 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Bloomfield R , (15 58' S , 145 19' E), 17 Nov 1910
O.69308 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Saltwater Lagoon, Mackay , (21 8' S , 149 11' E), 19 Sep 1908
O.9691 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Mehi R, Moree , (29 28' S , 149 51' E),
O.9355 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Buckiinguy Station, Macquarie Marshes, Near Warren , (31 3' S , 147 22' E),
O.9598 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Mehi R, Moree , (29 28' S , 149 51' E), 3 Nov 1897

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.967 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Orange , (33 17' S , 149 6' E),
O.9687 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Mehi R, Moree , (29 28' S , 149 51' E),
O.9688 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Mehi R, Moree , (29 28' S , 149 51' E),
O.9353 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Buckiinguy Station, Macquarie Marshes, Near Warren , (31 3' S , 147 22' E),
O.9690 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Mehi R, Moree , (29 28' S , 149 51' E),
O.9352 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Buckiinguy Station, Macquarie Marshes, Near Warren , (31 3' S , 147 22' E),
PA.8151 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Singleton , (32 34' S , 151 10' E), Jul 1869
PA.8152 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Gayndah , (25 37' S , 151 37' E), 1870
PA.8153 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Gayndah , (25 37' S , 151 37' E), 1870
O.70823 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Coutts Crossing , (29 50' S , 152 53' E), 24 Nov 1999

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.19617 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Cardington , (32 53' S , 148 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.39062 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Northern Territory, Port Keats , (14 6' S , 129 33' E), 23 Jun 1952
O.9689 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Mehi R, Moree , (29 28' S , 149 51' E),
O.69307 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Morville , (28 21' S , 149 48' E), 20 Aug 1956
O.61681 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Copmanhurst , (29 35' S , 152 46' E), 9 Aug 1913
O.61682 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Copmanhurst , (29 35' S , 152 46' E), 8 Sep 1901
O.61685 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Annan R, Cooktown , (15 31' S , 145 15' E),
O.64906 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Wamuran , (27 1' S , 152 51' E), 4 Sep 1994
O.65606 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Afterlee School, Via Kyogle , (28 38' S , 153 E), 26 Nov 1992
O.66461 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Macleay R , (30 52' S , 152 9' E), 1894
O.9354 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Buckiinguy Station, Macquarie Marshes, Near Warren , (31 3' S , 147 22' E),
O.67630 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Deniliquin: Hay Road , (35 32' S , 144 57' E), 17 Aug 1996
O.61680 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Copmanhurst , (29 35' S , 152 46' E), 2 Nov 1894
O.70058 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Orara Way, North Of Flaggy Creek , (29 59' S , 153 58' E), 15 Sep 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.754 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Richmond R , (28 49' S , 152 59' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.755 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Richmond R , (28 49' S , 152 59' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.756 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Richmond R , (28 49' S , 152 59' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.757 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Richmond R , (28 49' S , 152 59' E),
O.66535 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Gundabooka National Park: 2.5Km Sw Of Claypan Tank , (30 30' 39" S , 145 37' 13" E), 4 Sep 1996

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.14373 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Grafton District , (29 41' S , 152 56' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.18041 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Nanama , (33 32' S , 148 25' E), 5 Feb 1866

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.11891 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Copmanhurst, Upper Clarence River , (29 35' S , 152 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.11892 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Copmanhurst, Upper Clarence River , (29 35' S , 152 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.11893 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Copmanhurst, Upper Clarence River , (29 35' S , 152 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.12225 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Copmanhurst Area , (29 35' S , 152 46' E), 1 Sep 1901

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.11230 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, New Angledool , (29 7' S , 147 55' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.14372 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Grafton District , (29 41' S , 152 56' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.11229 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, New Angledool , (29 7' S , 147 55' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.14812 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Woodside, 14 Miles Nw Of Coonamble , (30 50' S , 148 10' E), 11 Oct 1905

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.14813 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Woodside, 14 Miles Nw Of Coonamble , (30 50' S , 148 10' E), 11 Oct 1905

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.14998 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Coomooboolaroo, Duaringa , (23 52' S , 149 34' E), 12 Jul 1896

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.16719 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Adelong , (35 19' S , 148 4' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.17005 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Wagga Wagga , (35 7' S , 147 22' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.36643 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Coen , (13 56' S , 143 11' E), 6 Oct 1921

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.12226 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Copmanhurst Area , (29 35' S , 152 46' E), 1 Sep 1901
O.72344.001 - Tissue sample - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, 'Mopone', 13 Km North Of Cobar , (31 21' S , 145 52' E), 21 Nov 2001
O.70983 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Inland Fisheries, Narrandera , (34 47' S , 146 33' E), 24 Nov 2001
O.71769 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Tamworth, 4 Palmer Drive , (31 5' S , 150 56' E), 26 Dec 2007
O.72344 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, 'Mopone', 13 Km North Of Cobar , (31 21' S , 145 52' E), 21 Nov 2001

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.11433 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Copmanhurst, Upper Clarence River , (29 35' S , 152 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.18042 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Nanama, Bell R , (33 32' S , 148 25' E), 5 Feb 1866
O.72344.002 - Tissue sample - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, 'Mopone', 13 Km North Of Cobar , (31 21' S , 145 52' E), 21 Nov 2001
O.70975.001 - Tissue sample - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, 'Mopone', 13 Km North Of Cobar , (31 21' S , 145 52' E), 21 Nov 2001
A.10163 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Temora , (34 27' S , 147 32' E),
A.10164 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Temora , (34 27' S , 147 32' E),
A.10165 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Temora , (34 27' S , 147 32' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.32240 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Casino , (28 52' S , 153 3' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.18040 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Nanama , (33 32' S , 148 25' E), 5 Feb 1866

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.27777 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Northern Territory, Darwin: Botanic Gardens , (12 27' S , 130 50' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.28040 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Sandringham Lagoon, Mackay , (21 17' S , 149 8' E), 7 Aug 1910

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.28159 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Northern Territory, Sir Edward Pellew Group: Centre Is: Caloden Bay , (15 42' S , 136 47' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.29206 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Bundure Station, Jerilderie , (35 8' S , 145 59' E), 12 Aug 1911

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.24920 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Coomooboolaroo, Duaringa , (23 52' S , 149 34' E), 28 Aug 1892

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.29208 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Mudgee , (32 36' S , 149 35' E), 1903

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.24919 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Moora Plains, Westwood , (23 37' S , 150 9' E), 25 Aug 1911

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.33175 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Narrandera, 8 Miles W , (34 42' S , 146 26' E), 10 Oct 1932

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.34298 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Lewis Ponds, Via Orange , (33 16' S , 149 16' E), 20 Nov 1899

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.35116 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Moree , (29 28' S , 149 51' E), 13 Oct 1920

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.35963 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Thomby, St George , (27 56' S , 148 53' E), 3 Dec 1933

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.36642 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Coen , (13 56' S , 143 11' E), 26 Oct 1921

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.19645 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Cardington , (32 53' S , 148 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.18043 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Nanama, Bell R , (33 32' S , 148 25' E), 5 Feb 1866

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.19614 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Cardington , (32 53' S , 148 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.19615 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Cardington , (32 53' S , 148 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.19616 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Cardington , (32 53' S , 148 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.19619 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Cardington , (32 53' S , 148 54' E),
O.70975 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, 'Mopone', 13 Km North Of Cobar , (31 21' S , 145 52' E), 21 Nov 2001

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.19646 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Cardington , (32 53' S , 148 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.19677 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Dawson R , (23 50' S , 149 48' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.19678 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Dawson R , (23 50' S , 149 48' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.21658 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney: Ropes Creek , (33 50' S , 150 48' E), Jul 1869

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.23211 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, Queensland, Ipswich , (27 36' S , 152 46' E), 22 Sep 1864

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.19618 - Entomyzon cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - Australia, New South Wales, Cardington , (32 53' S , 148 54' E),