December 9, 2015 – Painted Honeyeater (Grantiella picta)

These honeyeaters are found in parts of eastern Australia and some areas of northern Australia. They eat mostly mistletoe fruits, along with some nectar and invertebrates. Breeding in colonies, both males and females build the cup-shaped nests, using spiderwebs or wool to bind grasses and fine roots together. Both parents care for the eggs and chicks and may raise a second brood in the same season. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN because of habitat loss and degradation due to agricultural land use.

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