last id - yellow spotted or graceful

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Subject: last id - yellow spotted or graceful
From: "Jeff Davies" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2018 12:37:07 +1000
Hello Jason,

I think I can see enough there to say Yellow-spotted HE.
ID based on shape of gape bulging upwards and  pale yellow hardly
contrasting with white feather stripe continuing beyond gape, gape and
feather stripe are well joined.
Graceful gape is narrower and doesn't bulge up and is noticeably a richer
more deep yellow contrasting more with the white feather stripe and often
the two features are less well joined than YPHE.


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Jason Polak
Sent: Wednesday, 25 July 2018 12:04 PM
Subject: last id - yellow spotted or graceful

Dear List,

Going through our bird lists, this is the last bird from Australia we have
not been able to identify.

It is either a Yellow-spotted Honeyeater or a Graceful honeyeater.

We saw it in March on the Jindalba walk in Cape Tribulation (just north of
the Daintree ferry).

It was moving around a lot and we don't remember it's call.

We are confused because some tips say you can use the yellow cheek spot to
differentiate, and compared to some drawings, it seems to be a
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater. Other places say that the cheek spot can't tell
you anything.

Could anyone help us out here?


P.S. My wife really misses Australia, and she says hi (she's looking over my
shoulder, eagerly awaiting help from all the experts out there).

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