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BRIDLED HONEYEATER

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Photo: C & D Frith
Wet Tropics Rainforest Life

ENDEMIC Tropical North QLD

BRIDLED HONEYEATER
Lichenostomus frenatus 20 cm

         The Bridled Honeyeater is  endemic to the Wet Tropics region .

         It occurs mainly in upland rainforests, at all altitudes above 450m, but mostly above
 600m.
 

     In winter it extends to lower altitudes and more open habitats.

     The name relates to the brown and yellow ‘bridle’ that stretches from the beak to
 under the bright blue eyes.

      Besides living in rainforests, it likes swamp woodlands and drier forests adjacent
        to rainforests.   

      They are usually seen alone, but sometimes in pairs or small groups.

       Its closest relative is the Eungella Honeyeater near Mackay, which was thought to
         be the same species until it was distinguished as separate in 1977.    

       This bird can be quite aggressive, especially during the breeding season from
         August to March when they can be seen attacking each other. They sometimes
         can be seen grappling with each other and tumbling down to the forest floor.

       Their call can be described as 5 clear downward notes.

       They feed on nectar (especially from the mistletoes, Climbing Pandans and
         Umbrella Tree), beetles and other insects, generally from the mid strata of the
         rainforest.

       Near Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge it is observed most readily in the Lake
         Eacham picnic area.

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