Terry Watts (sirterrywatts) wrote,
Terry Watts

White Plumed Honeyeater - Ptilotula penicillata; formerly, Lichenostomus penicillatus

Sitting in the gentle afternoon sunlight, you could very easily walk past this small bird.

They are very common in outback towns and are a familiar sight to most Australian in the outback.

The White Plumed Honeyeater, is another bird with a bristled toung capable of mopping up nectar from even the smallest of flowers. With that said I have seen these birds eat the fluffy wattle flowers featured below whole. They also use this toung to collect dew from a plant's leaves in the early morning as an added source of water. Importantly these birds do require a permanent water source though, and you will not see them far from any large water body.

These birds make incredible cup-shaped nests in trees around this area. At times this also includes animal hair and also spider webs. At first, you would expect to see a huge spider nesting inside; which is probably why the locals leave them alone.

In the photograph below you can hardly see the white mark across the back of the bird's plumage on its head. However, you can see that he is right at home in his wattle tree and probably getting ready for the night.

Tags: australian birds, bird photography, ptilotula penicillata, white plumed honeyeater
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