Lewin’s Honeyeater

Meliphaga lewinii

This honeyeater has dark greenish grey colouration, interrupted only by the creamy yellow of the gape and the yellowish crescent-shaped patch on the ear coverts. The sexes are similar in appearance. It is mostly frugivorous, eating berries and small fruits, but also takes insects and some nectar. The strong rattling notes of the Lewin’s Honeyeater carry long distances and instantly confirm its presence in the area. It is common in the wetter parts of eastern Australia, frequenting both rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest, often wandering into the more open woodland. Some similar species are found in Qld, but can be distinguished by a combination of size, voice and shape of ear covert patch.