Birds at the AALBG

Spiny-Cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)

Spiny-Cheeked Honeyeaters, often seen in small flocks, are among the most beautiful of the larger honeyeaters and are distributed over much of the arid woodlands. Soaring suddenly upwards and descending onto a branch with tail spread, they give out a pleasant gurgling or clear trilling call. Nectar, berries and insects are their main diet which they hunt for in pairs or in small flocks. They are often seen performing acrobatic feats around flowering shrubs like the Emu Bush (Eremophila ssp.) and Mistletoe, and have also been observed feeding on Native Plum (Santalum lanceolatum).

Distribution of the Spiny-Cheeked Honeyeater in Australia.

Distribution Map

Spiny-Cheeked Honeyeater

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