Saturday, December 29, 2012
I'd Rather B Birdin: Blue-Faced Honeyeater
A Blue-Faced Honeyeater or Bananabird (Entomyzon cyanotis). It's native to Australia and Papua New Guinea. The bird gets its second name from the fact that it loves to feed on bananas, so much that the species is considered a pest at banana plantations. Apart from bananas, they also feed on other fruits, nectar and insects.
They are quite noisy birds and like to forage in groups of up to thirty birds. A breeding pair may raise its chicks alone, but often immature birds from the last clutch will help them. This is called cooperative breeding - the immature birds may not spread their own genes, but at least those of close relatives and it raises the chances of the chicks considerably.
More birds at I'd Rather B Birdin. Photos taken at Wilhelma, Stuttgart.
San Diego Zoo
Internet Bird Collection