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Mangrove Honeyeater - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Lichenostomus fasciogularis
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 12 Feb 2018


The Mangrove Honeyeater is a medium-sized honeyeater (body length of , about 20 cm) that, as its name indicates, inhabits mangroves and adjacent coastal vegetation. The upperparts are largely dull brownish olive, with a dull olive-green tail and a yellow-olive panel on the folded wing. They have a broad, blackish mask on the face, bordered below by a yellow streak.The underparts are mainly off-white with dark streaking, a brown breast-band and a distinctive scaly brown-and-yellow throat patch. Mangrove Honeyeaters have a strong, clear and melodious song, that can be repeated in a rollicking sequence, and a harsh chattering alarm call. They can be seen singly, in twos or small loose groups.


The Mangrove Honeyeater is confined to the coastal fringe and offshore islands of eastern Australia, from Townsville, Queensland, south to the northern coast of NSW, where it may be expanding its range. It is common in Queensland but rare in NSW, where birds are found at several scattered localities. In NSW, most observations occur south to the Clarence River: around Tweed Heads, near Broken Head, and in the estuary of the Clarence River, near Iluka and Yamba. South of the Clarence, individuals or small numbers have been recorded around the mouth of the Macleay River between Stuarts Point and South West Rocks, and at Wauchope on the lower Hastings River.

Habitat and ecology

  • The primary habitat of the species is mangrove woodlands and shrublands but Mangrove Honeyeaters also range into adjacent forests, woodlands and shrublands, including casuarina and paperbark swamp forests and associations dominated by eucalypts or banksias.
  • They occasionally forage in parks and gardens of coastal towns and villages.
  • Mangrove Honeyeaters eat nectar, from flowers, and invertebrates, including marine snails and crabs. They generally forage in mangroves, mainly taking food from among the foliage but also feeding at flowers, and from the trunks and roots. They also sometimes forage among flowering trees and shrubs in adjacent habitats.
  • Breed in late winter and early summer, from about August to December, nearly always building their nests in a densely foliaged mangrove tree.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known Within 10 km of coast
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known Within 10 km of coast
NSW North CoastYuraygir Predicted None
OceanTweed-Moreton Known None
Ocean - Other StateNorthern Australian Coastal Waters Known None
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known Within 10 km of coast
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known Within 10 km of coast
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Predicted Within 10 km of coast
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Known Within 10 km of coast