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Lewin's honeyeater

Meliphaga lewinii

Photo by Tom Tarrant (Wikipedia)

Common name:
Lewin’s honeyeater (en); melífago de Lewin (pt); méliphage de Lewin (fr); mielero de Lewin (es); goldohr-honigfresser (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Meliphagidae

This species is endemic to eastern Australia, being found from north-eastern Queensland to south-eastern Victoria.

These birds are 20-22 cm long and weigh 34 g.

The Lewin’s honeyeater is found in both rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest, also using scrublands, dry tropical forests, arable land, pastures, rural gardens and urban areas.

They feed mainly on small fruits and berries, but also taking insects and nectar.

Lewin’s honeyeaters breed in September-January. The nest is a large oval cup made of vegetation and other materials, bound together with spider webs and lined with softer materials. There the female lays 2-3 eggs, which are incubated for about 14 days. The chicks are fed by both parents and fledge 14 day after hatching.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a large breeding range and is described as abundant. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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