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Fuscous Honeyeater

The image above shows a Fuscous Honeyeater devouring a moth for breakfast.

The Fuscous Honeyeater is a bit of a strange one for me.  For a start it has a very odd name. Fuscous comes from the Latin meaning “dark and sombre” apparently.  No idea why you would call a bird a name like that.

There is virtually no information on the species in Wikipedia. But Birds Australia does provide more detail.

It is a rather ordinary looking bird of a plain green colouring with a small yellow tuft.  Found mostly in open eucalypt forests and woodlands. I have seen them more frequently around water drinking with other honeyeaters, particularly the Yellow Tufted Honeyeater.  If I had to compare it to a similar species, I would say the Fuscous Honeyeater’s closest neighbour would have to be the White Plume Honeyeater.

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