Graeme Chapman - natural history photographer - ornithologist

Australian Birds

Lewin's Honeyeater
Meliphaga lewinii
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Click to listen to sound sample Lewin's Honeyeaters occur right down the east coast and ranges of eastern Australia from near Iron Range in Queensland south to near Melbourne. They inhabit rain forests and their edges, tall wet eucalypt forest and also well-watered parks and gardens. In the breeding season, Lewin's Honeyeaters occupy permanent territories as pairs - in winter, they may form small groups in more open environments in search of food.

Lewin's Honeyeaters are perhaps best known for their main territorial song, a loud machine-gun like rattle which carries quite along way, so they are more often heard than seen. They have a reputation for being aggressive towards other species but at our house we have a pair that are quite the opposite - they keep a very low profile - we hear them often but rarely see them, mainly because of the very aggressive Little Wattlebirds who "own" our garden.

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605201 ... Lewin's Honeyeater, adult on Banksia robur.

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605202 ... Lewin's Honeyeater

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605203 ... Lewins Honeyeater

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605204-D ... Lewins Honeyeater

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