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Singing Honeyeater

The Singing Honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens), is found in Australia. Although it is common there, it is not very well known in other places. Singing Honeyeaters are commonly found in Western Australia, mainly past the Great Dividing Range and on Western Australian Coastal Islands. They can also be spotted in city parks, gardens and in bush lands.

The Singing Honeyeater can vary in length from 7 to 8.66 inches long. It has a brown color, but it also has other, more distinctive, colors. The tail and wings have a yellow-green color. There is a small black stripe spanning from the behind the bird’s beak to the bird’s back. Under the line there is a small bright yellow spot. The bird’s song ranges from scratchy to melodious. The song also varies according to where they live.

Singing Honeyeaters will eat a variety of foods. This includes nectar, small insects, fruits, grubs, and berries. This makes them omnivorous creatures. These birds breed between July and February. They are capable of forming long time relationships with partners. When they are breeding, they show aggressive actions. Also they don’t have any particular color for their eggs, they all are different colors. Their nest is a cup of grass, plant stems, and spider webs.

The Singing Honeyeater lives in families. They will attack larger animals, if they feel threatened by them, or if they are in their territory. They have been known to attack intruders in mobs thus showing they are a community-like bird. They associate with other species of birds, such as the Brown Honeyeater and the Red Wattlebird. It is different from many birds however, because it lacks the ability to communicate with other birds of the same species.

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Singing Honeyeater