Australian Honeyeaters belong to the Meliphagidae family which has 187 species, half of which are found in Australia, including the Australian chats, myzomelas, friarbirds, wattlebirds, and miners. Many have a brush-tipped tongue to collect nectar from flowers. They also eat insects, pollen, berries and manna. Honeyeaters can be very aggressive in their quest for the rich sources of sugar provided by Eucalypts and other Australian trees.
Photo: The Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (25 cm in length) is seen in dry woodlands, feeding on nectar and fruit in the mallee and acacia across non-tropical inland Australia.