|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)|
|Order:||Perching Birds (Passeriformes)|
|Family:||Honeyeater (Meliphagidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (Gliciphila melanops)|
Thank you Jenny Donald for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We put a few plant pot bases filled with water out for the birds. We feel we live in a micro-ecology where we are trying to mimic the true natural environment, but with cleared paddocks nearby, climate change reducing the steady rainfall, etc.
Generally the only input we make is to remove man introduced species (weeds). But the little birds would have a hard time flying 15km to the river Murray, or get eaten by cats & foxes at local damns.
We recognise that research suggests providing water is not "best". We also recognise much research in the past is flawed, and nobody really knows the best course of action to take. Some turn all water supply to native species off, others provide unmetered supply.
We actually think it's best if everyone does something different. At least some of us will get it right
By providing a little water we have found a wonderful assortment of rare native species thrive here.
As such, this specimen got so saturated, it's hard to identify it.