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brown honeyeater

brown honeyeater lichmera indistincta

Brown honeyeater Lichmera indistincta IMG 8815 - The rather drab plumage of this Australian honeyeater makes it as indistinct as its scientific name suggests, but this unassuming bird plays an important role in the natural environment. With its long and narrow beak it can reach into many small flowers to sip at the nectar that other birds are unable to reach, and as it feeds, pollen from the flower adheres to its beak and is later transferred to another flower to complete the process of pollination. The bird in this image was feeding on the flowers of a succulent plant, a Pedilanthus species, that thrives in the photographer's sub-tropical garden.

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