The Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater has a white cheek with spiny bristles below the ear. It can be distinguished from the slightly larger Red Wattlebird by the pinkish base of the bill and apricot coloured chest and in flight, the pale rump.
Until recent times, the Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater was rarely seen, but it is now quite common along the coastal zone. It is seen in pairs or small groups and the loud gurgling call is very distinctive. They are sociable and aggressive and can be seen or heard in large flocks. They feed mainly on nectar, fruit and insects. Occasionally lizards and nestlings.