Fuscous Honeyeater

Lichenostomus fuscus

The Fuscous Honeyeater is an altitudinal migrant, breeding in the ranges in summer and migrating in autumn to over-winter in the lowlands.

Virtually absent from the suburbs in summer, they first appear in April in small groups, often in the company of Yellow-faced and White-naped Honeyeaters. In winter they forage in noisy active flocks in eucalypt canopies. Numbers decline through July to September, and by October they have left the suburbs. The single breeding record is of dependent young in 2001-02 in Aranda.

Annual abundance has fluctuated greatly, perhaps partly as a result of large flocks appearing at random for a few weeks during winter but generally appears to be on the decline. R=48. BR= 98.