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Rufous-banded Honeyeater

Conopophila albogularis

The Rufous-banded Honeyeater, known scientifically as Conopophila albogularis, is a charming avian species belonging to the Meliphagidae family. This bird is easily recognized by its distinctive rufous banding and presence in the lush mangrove forests of its range.

Identification Tips

When observing the Rufous-banded Honeyeater, look for its characteristic white throat, which contrasts with the rufous band across the breast. The bird's overall plumage is a mix of subtle earth tones that blend seamlessly with the mangrove environment.


The Rufous-banded Honeyeater is a denizen of subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, where it thrives amidst the dense foliage and brackish waters.


This species is found across a range of locales, including the Aru Islands, New Guinea, and northern Australia. In Australia, it is notably prevalent in the suburban ecosystems of Darwin.


In Darwin, the Rufous-banded Honeyeater is recognized as one of the most common small birds, a testament to its adaptability and resilience in urban fringe environments.


The breeding biology of the Rufous-banded Honeyeater has been studied in Darwin, where it has been observed to successfully raise its young in the monsoonal tropical climate.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List has classified the Rufous-banded Honeyeater as Least Concern, indicating that, for now, the species does not face any immediate threat of extinction.

The Rufous-banded Honeyeater is a species that has adapted well to its environment, and its presence in urban Darwin highlights the potential for coexistence between human development and avian life.

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