Brown-headed Honeyeater
Immature, profile
Brown-headed Honeyeater
Adult, ventral
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Honeyeater (Meliphagidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)
This Photo:     Adult, front

Thank you Ralph Foster, Tony and Jenny Dominelli, Jenny Donald & John Oliver for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
A very small honeyeater. Travels in flocks.
A small pale brown, almost mustard, bare skin ring around the eye makes it look bulging.
Olive green back, and grey-white breast.
A distinctive buff ring starts by the eye and travels around the back of the head.
They are always active, never sitting still. If you can't get a camera, or bino's, on to them you'd easily mistake them for thornbills or silvereyes.

Copyright © 2014-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 10-Sep-2014
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)