Wednesday, July 6, 2011
It's WOW Time ... Wildlife on Wednesday ... Blue-faced Honeyeater.
This beauty is not easily mistaken for any other bird with its striking blue patch around the eyes. Entomyzon cyanotis ... the Blue-faced Honeyeater ... is one of our larger Honeyeaters with golden-green upperparts and a pure white underbody. It has a black crown, a black face and a black neck with a narrow white band across the back.
It is, however, the blue facial skin that really holds my attention. If you look closely, you can see the blue is two-toned, with the lower bit being a really bright cobalt blue.
Just yesterday I had the privilege of witnessing a couple of the Blue-faced Honeyeaters darting here and there amongst the trees here at my place. I do see these lovely birds fairly regularly but this time I was lucky enough to get the song of one of them on record.
The Blue-faced Honeyeater in the video clip is a juvenile. You can tell because this bird's facial skin is a yellow-green. This is quite a loud bird and its' voice sounds something like 'ki-owt'.
Before you do play this video clip, however, you will need to scroll down to the bottom of this page and stop the Playlist that's playing otherwise you'll have competing songs happening!!
In this next clip you will see that nectar is not the only food this bird enjoys. Even though it's called a Honeyeater, it does enjoy a diet of insects and fruit, as well as nectar. This bird is clearly foraging for insects.
Do you a bird or two that visits your place? I would love to see some of your posts about the birdlife that loves your garden.