Migrating Honeyeaters?

To: Roger Giller <>
Subject: Migrating Honeyeaters?
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 08:40:36 +1000
On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 11:53:43PM +1000, Roger Giller wrote:
> They are smallish honeyeater size, (10-15 cm?) and appear in groups of 2 to
> about 8 moving between the scattered eucalypts of various species around
> here.  The flight is fast, I would estimate similar to Rainbow Lorikeets in
> top gear. The flight direction is predominantly South or Southwest. The only
> call I have heard is their contact call while in flight. It is a series of
> vey short calls, all the same pitch, which sound a bit like a cross between
> the short "wheep" of a Spotted Pardalote and the "zit"-like note of a Zebra
> Finch.

Very likely Yellow-faced Honeyeaters - they tend to be moving north of
course but divert to follow the topography & vegetation and probably
for other reasons. 

I see & hear them over Glebe in the inner west of Sydney for example
one flock of 30 yesterday morning and a couple of small groups.
Without topography to concentrate them I assume they over fly most of
Sydney in diffuse small groups.


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