Brown_headed.jpg (14189 bytes)Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris): is between 100 to 135 millimetres long. The crown is brownish, the face blackish-brown and the band around the nape of the neck is dull cream. The underparts are pale fawn.

The Brown-headed Honeyeater is usually in flocks. They work their way over the trunks, limbs and foliage of trees in their hunt for insects.

They occupy various habitats including forests, woodlands, coastal tea-tree and Banksia scrubs.

Their wide range extends from southern Western Australia through the lower parts of South Australia, most of Victoria and New South Wales extending into southern Queensland.  

The nest is a finely-woven, deep cup constructed of bark, grass, hair and lined with fur. The structure is slung from branchlets. Two or three eggs are laid. They are whitish pink to pale salmon. There have been reports of more than two birds feeding nestlings.

Brown-headed Honeyeaters are frequent visitors to Yallaroo. We never see the birds visiting plants but they are enthusiastic users of our birdbaths.

We originally thought that they were immature White-naped Honeyeaters. This species has similar patterns around the neck but the colours are brighter.

The birds illustrated were visiting a birdbath in our previous garden.