Thursday, 20 September 2012


The honeyeaters are a large and diverse family of small to medium sized birds most common in Australia and New Guinea, but also found in New Zealand, the Pacific islands as far east as Samoa and Tonga, and the islands to the north and west of New Guinea. Honeyeaters and the Australian chats make up the family Meliphagidae. In total there are 182 species in 42 genera, roughly half of them native to Australia, many of the remainder occupying New Guinea.

Although honeyeaters look and behave very much like other nectar-feeding passerines around the world (such as the sunbirds and flowerpeckers), they are unrelated, and the similarities are the consequence of convergent evolution.The extent of the evolutionary partnership between honeyeaters and Australasian flowering plants is unknown, but probably substantial. A great many Australian plants are fertilised by honeyeaters, particularly the Proteaceae, Myrtaceae, and Epacridaceae. This one is feasting on a large banksia flower.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.


  1. great bird and bizarre plant! Interesting info, too....

  2. ...isn't that just so Australian; the two go together perfectly

  3. Oh, I love this picture! Flora and fauna. nice combination!

  4. oh, this banksia flower so exotic looking. I saw once in a fair and i was so amazed with it.

  5. That beak is an impressive one. A wonderful capture What ever he is perched on is so interesting. genie


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