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Wet Tropics Rainforest Life

ENDEMIC Tropical North QLD

MACLEAY'S HONEYEATER: Xanthotis macleayana 20 cm

  •  Macleay’s Honeyeater is endemic to the Wet Tropics region.

  •  It is common in rainforests at all altitudes. It can be seen about the rainforest and its edges, and at times, in orchards and gardens.

  • It is harder to see than most other honeyeaters as it is unobtrusive, and it remains higher than many of the other honeyeaters in the rainforest.

  • Its main call is a musical ‘to wit, too wee twit’ song.

  • It searches amongst epiphytic growths and vines as well as gleaning from leaves.

  • Its diet consists of roughly 70 percent insects and spiders, 20 percent nectar, and 10 percent fruit.

  • Because of its feeding habits, it plays an important role in the pollination of rainforest flowers.

  • The breeding season is from September to March.

  • Easily viewed at Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge .

Additional Information: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey

  • The Macleay's Honeyeater, is a medium sized honeyeater with a distinctive 'tartan' pattern, black cap and orange patch around the eye.

  • It has also a distinctive, fast and cheery 'tosweet-swe-twseet' call that is heard around the lodge.

Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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