White-throated Honeyeater (Climacteris leucophaea): is a robust bird 160-1275 millimetres long with a prominent white throat.
The body is olive-grey above, underparts yellow-buff and the sides of the breast are dark grey with white streaks that are bordered with black. The female has a distinctive orange spot below and behind the ear coverts (see close-up).
White-throated Treecreepers have been observed singly, in pairs or family groups.
They are found in a range of habitats including forests, coastal scrubs and woodlands from northern Queensland through New South Wales, Victoria to South Australia in coastal and tablelands areas.
Nests are a loose collection of bark pieces thickly lined with feathers and fur, usually built in hollow branches or trunks. Two to three eggs are laid. They are white with red and purple-brown spots.
Treecreepers, in general, have strong legs, large feet and claws. Their strong curved beaks are used for probing crevasses in bark.
White-throated Treecreepers are reasonably common around Yallaroo and spend their time probing under the bark of our Stringybarks. We only observe individual birds.
The female White-throated Treecreeper illustrated crashed into one of our windows and died instantly. Fortunately this is a rare occurrence although our gardens support a large bird population.