We stopped at the village of Wollombi on our way home from a four-day break away. These blue-faced honeyeaters waited until the picnic was unpacked before dropping by to see what was on offer. Sadly (for them) we had not seen them before and were not familiar with their eating habits hence the tasty morsels on offer were not acceptable.
It didn’t take them long to notice we had neither insects or nectar on which to feast. When we arrived home one of the first things I did was fire up google and find out about these beautiful birds.
The Blue-faced Honeyeater is a large black, white and golden olive-green honeyeater with striking blue skin around the yellow to white eye. The crown, face and neck are black, with a narrow white band across the back of the neck. The upperparts and wings are a golden olive green, and the underparts are white, with a grey-black throat and upper breast. The blue facial skin is two-toned, with the lower half a brilliant cobalt blue. Juvenile birds are similar to the adults but the facial skin is yellow-green and the bib is a lighter grey. This honeyeater is noisy and gregarious, and is usually seen in pairs or small flocks. It is known as the Banana-bird in tropical areas, for its habit of feeding on banana fruit and flowers.