This songbird is the biggest of the honeyeaters and is neatly dressed in plumage of olive body and white belly, a black head and throat with white nape and cheeks, but this smart uniform image is turned on its ear by the flash of bright blue flaunted on each side of the face by adults and yellow by juvelines, extravagently flamboyant against the neat olive green, black and white. The size and colour of this songbird encourages us to step outside the boundaries of what is conventional and acceptable to show our unique selves. Even though we may need to work with others in a group to achieve a common goal just as a breeding pair of these birds will welcome other adults into their nest to help raise the chicks, we sill need to be ourselves and not lose our individuality when we join a group. Comparing yourself to others isn't good for your one-of-a-kind self.
Always be aware and opportunistic and look outside your own circle for what you need. These inquisitive and friendly birds will often invade a campsite searching for edible items like fruit, insects, remnants from jars of jam or honey and even milk. Parent birds feed their young on insects, fruit and nectar, but will regurgitate milk for them when milk is available.
When feeding in groups, these birds keep in contact with each other by soft chirping calls and remind us to enjoy the Now and live in the moment. Blue-faced honeyeaters are social birds, who will play together in aerial dance and are also fond of bathing, with a flock of up to 20 birds diving into a pool one bird at a time as the others perch and preen in surrounding treetops keeping lookout for their friends.
This songbird has a wide language including a piping call before dawn, squeaking while flying and harsh squawks when mobbing potential threats like goshawks, owls, dogs and goannas, reminding us to speak up even if our voice shakes when we stand up to an enemy.
The blue-faced honeyeater especially reminds us to welcome each new day and the opportunity it brings. They are the first to sing in the dawn, giving them the name of morning-bird. They are also called banana-bird and pandanus-bird in Queensland because of their choice of diet. As well as the reminder by every honeyeater to actively seek the sweetness, to feast and enjoy life, honeyeater reminds us to look to the natural medicines of our land to maintain our health and our balance.