Blue-faced honeyeater in exhibit

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Scientific Name

Entomyzon cyanotis

Class

Aves

Order

Passeriformes

Range

Northern and eastern Australia and southern New Guinea

Habitat

Open forests and woodlands near water

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Blue-faced honeyeater in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Blue-faced honeyeaters are brightly colored birds named for the vibrant blue markings that surround their eyes. Most of their face is black—the same color as their breast and neck—and they have a white stomach and mustard-colored markings on their wings and back. Contrary to their name, these birds primarily consume insects.

Interesting Fact 1

Blue-faced honeyeaters are also known as "banana birds" in tropical areas due to their habit of feeding on banana fruit and flowers.

Interesting Fact 2

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

Interesting Fact 3

They are early risers, often beginning their call 30 minutes before sunrise.

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