Question on New Holland Honeyeater

To: Margaret Leggoe <>
Subject: Question on New Holland Honeyeater
From: Denis Wilson <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:40:33 +1000
Yes, it is pollen, as Philip has guessed.
The collection of pollen is very important as far as the plants are concerned, as that is how the bird acts as a vector for transferring pollen from one plant to another.

Interestingly Rosellas have bypassed the pollination function with the local Waratahs here in the Southern Highlands, by chewing off the entire individual floral tube. Thus preventing pollination of the target flowers.
That is a very negative result for the plants.

If you are interested, I have photographic evidence on my blog:

Denis Wilson
Thou shall not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth.

"The Nature of Robertson"

On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM, Margaret Leggoe <> wrote:

Possibly it is pollen on the white feathers above the nose.  I have seen that, but in spring time when there were a lot of flowers around.

Margaret Leggoe


From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Friday, 28 June 2013 9:41 PM
To: 'kym bradley';
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Question on New Holland Honeyeater


I can't open the photos but the answer is the in adults, the sexes look the same with neither having a yellow face. HANZAB mentions only sex difference is that females may be smaller than males. Honeyeaters often have their face stained yellow from pollen. So my guess is it is that. If you have a pair, statistical likelihood is one is female and one male.




-----Original Message-----From: kym bradley Sent: Friday, 28 June 2013 9:21 PM      To: m("","canberrabirds");" target="_blank">
Subject: [canberrabirds] Question on New Holland Honeyeater

Evening All


Today I had a visit from two new holland honeyeater/s I noted one has a yellow face, 


I was wondering if one is female and one male if so which is which please





Also my over friendly Butcher Bird came in for a couple of visits today he has been around for a couple of weeks






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