Varied Honeyeater (species: Gavicalis versicolor) in ALA: Lizard Island (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Gavicalis versicolor
Varied Honeyeater

©Alex Vail: Varied Honeyeater at Lizard Island, 1 December 2009.

©Ceri Pearce: Varied Honeyeater at Bird Islet, Lizard Island Group.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Meliphagidae
Genus Gavicalis
Species Gavicalis versicolor
Status unspecified



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia: The Atlas of Living Australia has a single record of the Varied Honeyeater at Lizard Island, in July 1996 (accessed 8 April 2012). The species was also recorded at Lizard Island Research Station on 1 December 2009 and its distinctive melodic call had been heard for about a week before that. Two or more birds were present on the island for most of that summer. The species was present in the summer of 2010/11 but not 2011/12. More individuals were present in the summer of 2013/14. By 2019, the species seems to be present year-round at Lizard Island. Many individuals (more than 20) were seen at Nymph Island on 3 April 2011. ALA has two records of the species at Eagle Island in 1999 and 2000, and many records from Nymph Island (accessed 8 April 2012).

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