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A member of the genus Phylidonyris, the Crescent Honeyeater (Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus) is native to south-eastern Australia.

The Crescent Honeyeater is a medium to small honeyeater with a long down-curved bill and a red-brown eye. The male birds are dark grey above, yellow wing patches, a distinctive dark crescent across each side of the breast, outlined below with a white line and a white streak above the eye. The underparts are a pale brown grey to white, with prominent white markings on the tail. The females are smaller, are olive brown above, an olive brown crescent on each side of the breast, white to brown grey underparts, and olive yellow wing patches. The juveniles resemble the adult bird, but lack the strong breast markings. It is most closely related to the common New Holland Honeyeater and the White-cheeked Honeyeater.

They are heard in dense lowland habitats and moist gullies and migrate from upland forests to habitats at lower elevations in autumn


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Meliphagidae
  • Genus: Phylidonyris
  • Species: P. pyrrhopterus
  • Binomial name: Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus

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