Scarlet honeyeater
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • An Australian Softbill
  • Scientific Name: Myzomela sanguinolenta
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin: 54 honeyeater species native to Australia.  A total of about 67 species of honeyeaters in Australia.
  • Origin / Distribution:  East coast of Australia, from top of Queensland down to Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Habitat In Wild: Tall flowering trees.  Has adapted to frequent orchards, parks and gardens.
  • Status In Wild: Numbers are declining in many areas.  Loss of tall habitat trees may be the reason for their decline.
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity:  Rare.
  • Age To Sexual Maturity: ?
  • Best breeding years (estimate): ?
  • Sexing: Monomorphic / Dimorphic
  • Colour mutations:  None
  • Availability:  Specialist breeders.
  • Temperament:  They are generally hardy birds. One pair per aviary. Aggressive birds that should not be housed with any other species of birds.  Prefer a large, suitably planted aviary.  They like nectar producing plants.
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $750
  • Description Of Adults:  Smallest of the honeyeaters.
  1. Length: Approx 110 - 115 mm (or approx 4.25 inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx  8 - 9 gms (or approx. 1/3 ozs)
Aviary Notes:

Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.

Government Regulations & By-Laws:  Refer to "Government Laws" web page.

Housing Requirements:  Click on "Softbills" web page for full details on the housing of  Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.

Diet / Feeding:  Click on "Softbills" web page for full details on the nutrition of  Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.

In the wild they are arboreal birds and rarely forage on the ground.  Insects are found on the tree trunk, tree canopy.  Insects may be caught in mid air (hawking).  Native diet includes fruits, nectar and insects.  Favourite trees include eucalypt, callistemon and melaleuca.

Nesting:  A basic overview only.

  • Roosting nest: Yes / No
  • Nesting months:  July to January.
  • Nesting receptacles: 
  • Nest: Nest is usually built by the hen.  A cup shaped nest is built from bark, rootlets and plant material and lined with soft grasses.  Nests in the wild are built in dense trees, bushes or shrubs.
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / cock / both share.

Breeding: Egg Colour Off white to dull pink. Have spots and flecks at the larger end.  Clutch/s per year  2.  Eggs per nest 2.  Incubation  approx. 12 - 13 days.  Fledge approx. 12 - 14 days.  Independent approx. another 2 weeks.  Both parent birds feed and care for the young.

Artificial incubation, hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site.  It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.  Refer "Specific References" as listed below and "General References" listings.

Health Issues:  Refer "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.

  • Worming and parasite control and Quarantine requirements of new birds or sick birds are considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web site.  Refer above option - "Avian Health Issues" web page.
  • Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace.  Keep updating your knowledge and skills.

General References:  Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.

Specific References:

  • Australian Aviculture
  • A/A Vol 47 No.10 Oct 1993 Page 234-237 (Spiny cheeked)
  • A/A Vol 47 No. 6 Jun 1993 Page 144-145 (Yellow-tufted Honeyeater in captivity)
  • A/A Vol 47 No. 2 Feb 1993 Page 46 (Helmeted Honeyeater mortalities at Healesville Sanctuary)
  • A/A Vol 46 No.12 Dec 1992 Page 277-278 (Blue-faced honeyeaters at Taronga Zoo)
  • A/A Vol 46 No. 2 Feb 1992 Page 29-35 (Breeding Blue-faced Honeyeaters at Taronga Zoo-inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 10 No 3 Mar 1956 Page 38-39.
  • A/A Vol 7 No 6 Jun 1953 Page 69.
  • A/A Vol 7 No 5 May 1953 Page 53-54.
  • A/A Vol 5 No 9 Sept 1951 Page 102 (New Holland honeyeater).
  • A/A Vol 5 No 3 Mar 1951 Page 40 (Striped honeyeater).
  • Australian Birdkeeper
  • ABK Vol 16 Issue 8 Apr-May 2003 Page 439
  • ABK Vol 15 Issue 6 Dec-Jan 2003 Page 319-321 ( Regent)

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