Yellow-face.jpg (47523 bytes)Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops): is between 160-170 mm long. It is a plain olive-grey honeyeater with a distinctive yellow streak below the eye and back from the beak. The yellow streak is edged with black.
The Yellow-faced Honeyeater is an active small bird and spends much of its time in foliage and delving into flowers.
It is usually seen singly or in pairs. In autumn and winter the species is said to migrate in large flocks. We have not observed flocks at Yallaroo.
The Yellow-faced Honeyeater occurs along Australia’s east coast extending from north Queensland into South Australia. The species has also been observed on King Island in Bass Strait, between the mainland and Tasmania.
The Yellow-faced Honeyeater was not present when we first moved to Yallaroo. On our windswept hill there was no sheltering understorey. As the gardens developed a few “Yellow-faces” arrived. Now we have a large resident population and they nest enthusiastically in many of our shrubs and climbers.
The nest is a small, neat cup of bark-fibre, grasses and moss. Nests are often thin enough to see through. There are usually two to three eggs. Our “Yellow-faces” have started to line their nests with algae from our frog ponds.
The young “Yellow-face” illustrated was found perched in one of our young Eucalypts. The youngster kindly allowed us to take a series of photos before flying off.