The Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) belongs to the honeyeater family, Meliphagidae. With the distinctive blue face, this species is large for a honeyeater. It’s distinctive plumage includes a white and olive-green upperparts, white underparts, a black head and throat with white nape and cheeks. The blue skin is around the eyes that are a yellow to white in colour.
The male and female birds are similar in appearance. It is the adults birds that have the blue bare skin on each side of the face, whilst the juveniles have yellow or green patches of bare skin.
The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are found in a wide range of habitats, usually in eucalypt forests and woodlands, as well as among pandanus palms. They can also be found in built-up habitats, foraging amidst native and exotic plants. They can be seen probing for nectar from flowersf, as well as foraging for invertebrates from the bark of trees, including among the branches and leaves.
The juvenile Blue-faced Honeyeater are similar to the adults, but the facial skin is yellow-green and the plumage on the throat bib is a light grey.
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Aves
- Order: Passeriformes
- Family: Meliphagidae
- Genus: Entomyzon
- Species: E. cyanotis
- Binomial name: Entomyzon cyanotis