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Strong-billed honeyeater      Melithreptus validirostris

 

Confined to the forests of Tasmania and the Bass Strait Islands ( race kingi), this honeyeater is olive-brown on the back with a grey abdomen.It is seen mainly in pairs or flocks and feeds on insects, their lavae and spiders. The birds can often be heard stripping back from a tree in a similar fashion to a tree-creeper. It seldom feeds on nectar that I have observed.Breeds July-December. Nests in loose colonies 5-25 m from the ground. Its voice is a loud rattling call with a strong "cheep".