Blue-faced honeyeater

Latin Name
Entomyzon cyanotis

Class
Birds

Order
Passeriformes

Description

A brightly colored bird, the blue-faced honeyeater is named for the vibrant blue markings that surround its eyes. The species also displays a black face, breast and neck, which are offset by its white stomach and mustard-colored markings on the wings and back.


 

Range

The blue-faced honeyeater can be found in northern and eastern Australia and southern New Guinea.


Status

Common. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Blue-Faced Honeyeater Species Survival Plan®, a shared conservation effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


Habitat

This songbird species prefers open forests and woodlands close to water.


Niche

Insects make up the primary part of the blue-faced honeyeater’s diet, although, as its name indicates, it also has a preference for snacking on nectar. In the wild, the species often gathers in small flocks to force other birds out of its feeding territories.


Life History

During breeding season, the female lays two-three eggs in a cup-shaped nest made of sticks and bark.




Lincoln Park Zoo Exhibit