White-naped.JPG (38204 bytes)White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus): is a small bird, 135 millimetres long. Crown and nape are black; the body upper-parts are olive green and the lower body white. There is a white band on the neck and the skin above the eye is orange-red.

White-naped Honeyeaters are either in pairs or small flocks. They are said to move through higher foliage investigating strips of bark. At Yallaroo, White-naped Honeyeaters are usually observed enjoying our bird baths. They are rarely seen investigating the plants in the gardens. On one occasion we sighted a small flock feeding on the nectar of a flowering Grevillea arenaria.

White-naped Honeyeaters are usually found in forests, woodlands and coastal scrubs. They also visit parks and gardens.

The nest is a hanging cup of fine grass and bark shreds bound together with spiderís web. They usually lay 2-3 eggs, pink to buff and finely spotted with red-brown and grey marks.

White-naped Honeyeaters occur along the coast and tablelands of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. They are also found in the south-west corner of Western Australia.