entomyzon cyanotis

March 9, 2015 - Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis)

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Found in northern and eastern Australia and Papua New Guinea, these noisy honeyeaters are sometimes called Banana-birds because they often eat bananas and their flowers. Foraging in pairs or small flocks of around seven, they eat insects, nectar, and fruit. Like other honeyeaters, they have long tongues, covered with bristles, that help them quickly extract nectar from flowers. Both parents care for the chicks and immature birds sometimes act as helpers for the main pair. The distinctive bright blue skin on their faces is yellow-green in juvenile birds.