white eared honeyeater

June 9, 2017 - White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis)

These honeyeaters are found in eastern and southern Australia. They eat insects, nectar, and fruit, as well as insect byproducts, such as lerps, and honeydew. They build their open cup-shaped nests near the ground in shrubs and short trees, lining them with hair from mammals, including humans. Females incubate the eggs and both parents feed the chicks. Several species of cuckoo, including the Fan-tailed, Pallid, Horsfield’s, and Shining Bronze-cuckoo, parasitize their nests.