Profile: Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

Kingdom Animalia

Phylum Chordata

Subphylum Vertebrata

Class Aves

Order Passeriformes

Family Meliphagidae

Genus Phylidonyris

Species Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

Common Name New Holland Honeyeater

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South Australian iNaturalist Research Grade Observations

My iNaturalist Research Grade Observations

PATON, D.C. (1982), The diet of the New Holland honeyeater, Phylidonyris novaehollandiae. Australian Journal of Ecology, 7: 279-298.

Identification Tips (SA Only):

  • Yellow margins on wing and tail feathers
  • Social, often in groups
  • Noisy, with distinct danger calls

Similar Species (SA Only):

  • Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus (Crescent Honeyeater)
    • Similar yellow margins on wing and tail feathers
    • Black crescent outlined in white down the sides of the breast. (Paler in females)

Requirements: Food

  • Primarily nectar and manna (carbohydrate) from:
    • Eucalyptus, Banksia, Acacia, Hakea, Grevillea, Eremophila, and Xanthorrhoea
  • Honeydew (and lerps) from Psylloids (Superfamily Psylloidea)
  • Supplemented with protein from:
    • Insects (predominantly <0.7mg dry weight)

Requirements: Nesting

  • Bark and grass, bound with spider web
  • Nest located from ground height up to 6m

Biodiversity+ Accommodations

The following resources occur naturally or have been made available on the property to support this species:

  • Nectar
    • Eucalyptus leucoxylon (Cultivated)
    • Eucalyptus erythrocorys (Cultivated)
    • Eucalyptus wimmerensis (Cultivated)
    • Eucalyptus scoparia (Cultivated)
    • Eucalyptus torquata (Cultivated)
    • Acacia pycnantha (Cultivated)
    • Acacia myrtifolia (Cultivated)
    • Acacia rupicola (Cultivated)
    • Grevillea ilicifolia (Cultivated)
    • Grevillea thelemannia x olivacea (Cultivated)
    • Grevillea lavandulacea (Cultivated)
    • Banksia marginata (Cultivated)
    • Banksia ornata (Cultivated)
    • Callistemon citrinus (Cultivated)
    • Hakea francisiana (Cultivated)
    • Eremophila maculata (Cultivated)
    • Eremophila glabra (Cultivated)
  • Honeydew (and lerps) from Psylloids
  • Insects
    • Flies (All Records including those too large to eat)
    • Wasps (All Records including those too large to eat)
  • Nesting Materials
    • Grasses
      • Themeda triandra (Cultivated)
      • Microlaena stipoides var. stipoides (Cultivated)
      • Poa labillardieri (Cultivated)
      • Gahnia filum (Cultivated)
    • Spider Web
      • Web building Spiders (All Records)