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Yellow-spotted Honeyeater

Meliphaga notata

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Identification

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A medium-sized olive-gray honeyeater with an oval pale yellow cheek patch and a brown eye. Can be confused with Lewin’s Honeyeater and Graceful Honeyeater, but note the shape of the cheek patch: oval on Yellow-spotted Honeyeater, crescent shaped on Lewin’s Honeyeater, and circular on Graceful Honeyeater. Adult Yellow-spotted Honeyeaters also have a brown eye while Lewin’s and Graceful Honeyeaters have a paler blue gray eye. Listen for the loud repeated whistle of the Yellow-spotted Honeyeater, compared to the rapid staccato machine-gun call of Lewin’s and the more simple, single note call of Graceful Honeyeater. One of three easily confusable species found in far northern Queensland. Common in many wetter habitats at low elevation in wetter parts of northern Queensland.

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