Varied Honeyeater (species: Lichenostomus versicolor) in Frankland Island Group, QLD (Gaia Guide)
Lichenostomus versicolor
Varied Honeyeater

©Alex Vail: Varied Honeyeater at Lizard Island, 1 December 2009.

©Tom Tarrant: Varied Honeyeater Portland Roads, Cape York, North Queensland

©David Witherall and Jack Habib: Varied Honeyeater, Lichenostomus versicolor, Normanby Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Meliphagidae
Genus Lichenostomus
Species Lichenostomus versicolor
Status unspecified



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • From 18 cm to 21 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia: The Atlas of Living Australia has a single record of the Varied Honeyeater at Lizard Island, in July 1996 (accessed 8 April 2012). The species was also recorded at Lizard Island Research Station on 1 December 2009 and its distinctive melodic call had been heard for about a week before that. Two or more birds were present on the island for most of that summer. The species was again present in the summer of 2010/11 but not 2011/12. Many individuals (more than 20) were seen at Nymph Island on 3 April 2011. ALA has two records of the species at Eagle Island in 1999 and 2000, and many records from Nymph Island (accessed 8 April 2012).

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