Honeyeaters (Family: Meliphagidae) are a family of small to medium sized birds found in Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, and the Pacific islands. Honeyeaters fly quickly from perch to perch in the outer foilage and all species have a highly developed brush-tipped tongue which is flicked rapidly and repeatedly into a flower. Honeyeaters and many Australian trees and bushes, including eucalyptus, banksia, callistemon, correa, and epacris, are mutualistic. Honeyeaters pollinate these species, and neither can survive without the other.
- Honeyeaters: Meliphagidae (In: Robson, D. , 2003, Bird Families of the World), Tui Bird Summary (BookRags), and New Zealand mistletoes that bear strange, sealed flowers depend on savvy native pollinators to thrive (L. Sessions In: Natural History Magazine, September 2000, Copyright 2000 American Museum of Natural History)
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