Yellow-spotted or Graceful Honeyeater?

To: Lloyd Nielsen <>, "" <>, Jeff Crocombe <>, Jeff Davies <>
Subject: Yellow-spotted or Graceful Honeyeater?
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2013 17:28:03 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks Lloyd,

Interesting, so in other words, you are saying that this is a juvenile Graceful 
Jeff C., do you have more pictures of this bird?
Any further comments on the Leaden Flycatcher?


Nikolas Haass

Brisbane, QLD

From: Lloyd Nielsen <>
Sent: Sunday, September 8, 2013 8:24 AM
Subject: Yellow-spotted or Graceful Honeyeater?

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 

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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