The Blue-faced Honeyeater is a passerine bird of the Honeyeater family
Meliphagidae and is common in northern and eastern Australia and
southern New Guinea. A large honeyeater at around 29.5 cm (11.6 in) in
length, it has distinctive plumage, with olive upperparts, white
underparts and a black head and throat with white nape and cheeks. Males
and females are similar in external appearance. Adults have a blue area
of bare skin on each side of the face readily distinguishing them from
juveniles, which have yellow or green patches of bare skin. Found in
open woodland, parks, and gardens, it appears to be sedentary in parts
of its range and locally nomadic in other parts; however, the species
has been little studied since it was first described by the
ornithologist John Latham in 1802. Its diet is mostly composed of
invertebrates, supplemented with nectar and fruit. Its propensity for
feeding on the flowers and fruit of bananas in north Queensland has
given it the common name of "Bananabird". Blue-faced Honeyeaters often
take over and renovate old babbler nests, in which the female lays and
incubates two or rarely three eggs. Three subspecies are recognised.
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