Honeyeaters Photographed in Australasia's Forest, Woodlands and Gardens
Honeyeaters belong to the Meliphagidae family and the featured species were photographed in Australia and New Zealand tropical and temperate regions. The family also inhabit Papua New Guinea, Wallacea and some pacific islands.
All the species shown in the gallery are currently ‘Red List’ assessed as ‘Least Concern’. About half the species displayed in the gallery are Australian endemics; the New Zealand species are endemics; the other species are endemic to Australia and Papua New Guinea or Wallacea. I photographed most species at the top end and in Queensland possibly because I spent more time there than in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Just three featured images show birds that exhibit plumage dimorphism. Some honeyeaters can be difficult to photograph, although vocal and easily spotted, they are often high up in the forest canopy. The species are not the most colourful birds, some would say they are drab and can be difficult to identify, like the image of an immature brown honeyeater. My favourite images are friarbirds, blue-faced honeyeater and eastern spinebill.
Taxonomic Note: Meliphagidae (honeyeaters) now include the four Epthianuridae (Australian chats) species.