Yellow-spotted or Graceful Honeyeater?

Subject: Yellow-spotted or Graceful Honeyeater?
From: Lloyd Nielsen <>
Date: Sun, 08 Sep 2013 08:24:13 +1000
It is a Graceful Honeyeater - if it were a Yellow-spotted, it would have more prominent striations on the underparts. Bill is more like Graceful though bill shape and size is not a good field character - there is much overlap. Having said that, bill of Yellow-spotted is generally slightly shorter and thicker overall.

Jizz is typical Graceful but not Yellow-spotted which looks bigger and chunkier. This bird has a "small bird" look. Earspot is small and typical Graceful though what is written about earspot shape and difference between the three species in the field guides is quite wrong.

I have all three species coming to a feeding platform at my kitchen window - which highlights how wrong most of the information in the field guides is! Best field characters for determining the difference between the three, other than call, is near lack of striations on the underparts of Graceful and a "small bird" look; blue eye and grey lores in Lewin's and noticeable striations on the underparts; brown eye, striations on the underparts and lack of grey lores in Yellow-spotted. Earspot shape, bill size etc does not work. Graceful has a dark navy-blue eye in adults (often difficult to determine) but brown in juveniles.

Lloyd Nielsen.


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