Mystery bird at Pt Cook

Subject: Mystery bird at Pt Cook
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2004 16:45:36 +1000
Almost 20 years ago I was regularly seeing a leucistic New Holland Honeyeater in heathland at Mt Victoria (in the Upper Blue Mountains, NSW). This bird was bright white all over, except for the normal yellow on the wings and tail, and a faint smudge of grey around the face where it's usually black. With this colour scheme the bird almost glowed. It seemed to interact normally with the other New Hollands. I still have a couple of slides of the bird which were taken by a friend.

As chance would have it, a couple of years later I saw another similar bird at Katoomba (which is 15km from Mt Vic).



Carol Probets
Blue Mountains NSW
100km west of Sydney

Rohan Clarke wrote:
It is almost certainly a leucistic New Holland Honeyeater that I found and photographed near the last carpark at the beach BBQ area last week. It has a black head and yellow patches in the wing and tail but the rest of the bird's plumage is cream. When I get around to converting the images from raw format to jpg I'll send you some record shots.
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