The Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens) is a small honeyeater with a pale yellow throat and face, a distinct black plume under the ear coverts and greyish-yellow cap. The plumage is mostly olive-gray with yellow in the wings and tail. The flight feathers have an olive-green leading edge, that makes the wings look olive green when folded, whilst the undertail is grey. There can be quite a difference ins overall plumage colour of the Yellow-tinted Honeyeater, with some birds appearing predominantly grey to others appearing almost yellow.

The adult have a black bill with a slight down-curve and dark irises. The legs and feet are grey. The juvenile has a mostly yellow bill, that may have a black tip, depending on the age of the immature bird. They also have a less conspicuous to no black plume, whilst the colours, especially on the head are duller in colour to that of the adults.

They are found in sclerophyll woodlands and tropical forests regions of northern Australia, stretching from near Broome in Western Australia across to the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland, as well as in southern Papua New Guinea.

The Yellow-tinted Honeyeaters are normally sedentary species, forming loose colonies. Foraging together in small groups, they feed on nectar and insects, as well as requiring daily access to water. They are know to be aggressive towards other species.

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Meliphagidae
  • Genus: Ptilotula
  • Species: P. flavescens
  • Binomial name: Ptilotula flavescens
  • Synonyms: Lichenostomus flavescens