White-cheeked Honeyeater (species: Phylidonyris (Phylidonyris) niger) in Yarrahapinni Wetlands NP (Gaia Guide)
Phylidonyris (Phylidonyris) niger
White-cheeked Honeyeater

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Meliphagidae
Genus Phylidonyris
Species Phylidonyris (Phylidonyris) niger
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The White-cheeked Honeyeater is a medium-sized black and white honeyeater, with a long, sturdy bill that curves downwards. It has large bright yellow tail and wing panels, with a large conspicuous white cheek patch on a mainly black head. The eye is dark brown. Young birds are duller (brownish) and paler with softer, fluffier plumage. Gregarious, active and noisy with swift, erratic flight (Wikipedia).


  • From 16 cm to 19 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Mature specimens


  • Up to 0.02 kg


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris (Phylidonyris) niger)

Distribution and habitat preferences

The White-cheeked Honeyeater is usually found in moist heath lands, as well as around wetlands and in forests or woodlands with a heath under storey. Found in both temperate and subtropical zones (Wikipedia).

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