Plectrorhyncha lanceolata Gould, 1838, New South Wales, Australia.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Lanceolated honeyeater; French: Mйliphage lancйolй; German: Strichelhonigfresser; Spanish: Pбjaro Azъcar Gris.
8.5 in (22 cm); 1.4 oz (40 g). Cheek and forehead to nape is dark with white stripes. Underparts a pinkish buff with grayish upperparts and tail.
Eastern Australia, from mid-north Queensland to northern Victoria and west to Yorke Peninsula, especially inland from Great Dividing Range.
Riparian woodland with Casuarina and mallee and other semiarid woodlands with eucalyptus, acacia, and native pine.
In pairs or small groups, emit an attractive whistling song. Generally sedentary, but exhibit some, probably local, movements.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Take nectar from eucalyptus, mistletoes, and other plants, and occasionally eat fruits and seeds. Insects and spiders are gleaned from foliage and bark or captured in the air.
Breed from August to January in nest suspended from drooping foliage, often near nests of gray butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus). Clutch from two to five eggs (usually three). Both parents apparently incubate and occasionally have helpers feeding young, which hatch at 16–17 days and fledge at 16–17 days. Parasitized by pallid cuckoo.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Occasionally regarded as a pest at orchards.
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