Black Honeyeaters in northern Victoria

Subject: Black Honeyeaters in northern Victoria
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 11:36:13 +1100
In response to Val's quesion about Black Honeyeaters in Victoria.

I've just heard (second hand), that a local in northern Victoria had a
Black Honeyeater at her garden water bowl this morning.  The birds were
also feeding on mistletoe I understand.

The Atlas of Victorian Birds (1987, p. 234) has the following (in part) to
say about this species:
'Black Honeyeaters are inland Australian birds that are sporadic spring and
summer visitors to arid and semi-arid areas of far north-western Victoria.
They occur most often in emubush flats under Slender Cypress Pine woodlands
and White Dumosa Mallee scrubs.'

The Atlas says they have been recorded from around Melbourne in the past.
It also mentions that one of the last irruptions of the species occurred
during the 1982 drought.


Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer, Scientific Advisory Committee
Department of Sustainability and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde., East Melbourne  3002

Tel: 9412 4567  Fax: 9412 4586
(prefixes: Interstate 03 International 613)

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