Singing Honeyeater

Common name
Singing Honeyeater
Scientific name
Lichenostomus virescens
Size – beak to tail
18 – 22 cm
Wing span
Birds of the Bluff
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Where to find
Shrubby habitats such as salt-pruned coastal scrub.
The Singing Honeyeater has a plain grey-brown body with a distinctive black streak through the  eye from the bill to the neck. The black streak is bordered by a yellow streak below the eye. They also have a small, inconspicuous white ear-tuft, usually hidden by yellow feathers over the ears. They build a delicate nest among the foliage of the shrubs they live in.

In Victoria the Singing Honeyeater is a bird of the coastal scrub west of Western Port Bay and the drier Mallee area in the North West of the state. It is often heard calling “prtt prtt prtt”  from the top of a tall bush or tree on the Bluff or along the dune system of 13th Beach. This bird also utter a peevish “scree”. It feeds on insects, nectar and fruit.  Its preferred food is the berries of local shrubs, but it also feeds on nectar. Some innovative birds have discovered that the dregs of a camper’s coffee cup may also contain a sweet drink.