White-plumed Honeyeater

Lichenostomus penicillatus

White-plumed Honeyeaters occur in pairs or small groups, commonly near permanent water. Though not migratory, a distinct seasonal pattern is evident. They are less common in spring and summer, possibly due to movement out of the suburbs to breed in surrounding reserves, and more common in late autumn with a peak in May. Numbers have fluctuated significantly from year to year.

Breeding records are few and are usually of dependent young from September to April but mainly in January and February. R=36. BR=43.