HoneyeatersBlue-faced Honeyeater Brown Honeyeater Brown-headed Honeyeater Crescent Honeyeater Eastern Spinebill Grey-fronted Honeyeater Grey-headed Honeyeater New Holland Honeyeater Noisy Miner Red Wattlebird Scarlet Honeyeater Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater White-plumed Honeyeater Yellow-throated Miner Yellow-tinted Honeyeater Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

The Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops) is a medium-sized honeyeater, with a yellow chin and crown, black cheeks and notable for the yellow tufts behind the ear. The back is an olive-green to an olive-brown on the wings and tail, with the underparts more olive-yellow.

They are usually found in the woodland areas of the south-east ranges of Australia.

A black and yellow honeyeater, there are four subspecies: Gippsland Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (L. m. gippslandicus), Sydney Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (L. m. melanops), Inland Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (L. m. meltoni), Helmeted Honeyeater (L. m. cassidix).

They are a gregarious bird, noisy and active, that often are seen in groups.

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops)
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops), Girraween National Park, QLD © Dorothy Latimer

The sexes are similar, except that the male bird is slightly larger. The juveniles are duller and paler, with the yellow areas being a washed looking green.

The Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters usually forage in the tree canopy, foraging for insects, spiders, snails and other invertebrates. It also searches for insects by probing the bark of tree-trunks and branches. They also feed on lerps and honeydew, as well as the nectar and sap flowing from eucalypts.

Slideshow images of the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops) — Girraween National Park, QLD

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Meliphagidae
  • Genus: Lichenostomus
  • Species: L. melanops
  • Binomial name: Lichenostomus melanops

Footnote & References

  1. Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops), eBird, https://ebird.org/species/yethon3?siteLanguage=en_AU
  2. Yellow-tufted honeyeater, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow-tufted_honeyeater (last visited Aug. 7, 2021).

HoneyeatersBlue-faced Honeyeater Brown Honeyeater Brown-headed Honeyeater Crescent Honeyeater Eastern Spinebill Grey-fronted Honeyeater Grey-headed Honeyeater New Holland Honeyeater Noisy Miner Red Wattlebird Scarlet Honeyeater Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater White-plumed Honeyeater Yellow-throated Miner Yellow-tinted Honeyeater Yellow-tufted Honeyeater