The yellow flash on the wings of the New Holland Honeyeater is easily seen. The head is mainly black, with a small white cheek-patch and a white eyebrow. The body is black and white except for a bright yellow patch on the wing and in the tail margins. They have a white stripe through the eye.
The New Holland Honeyeater is a chirpy little bird which is very friendly and active. They busily dart from flower to flower in search of nectar. At times, groups of 6 or more birds gather for a “corroboree” of singing and chasing. They feed on nectar, insects and honeydew.