Significance to humans

Honeyeaters are a conspicuous part of the avifauna, especially in Australia where many species are common in gardens and parks. Several species are regarded as minor pests of grapes and other fruit crops. A few of the larger honeyeaters have been hunted by humans. Feathers from the stitchbird and the Hawaiian honeyeaters were used in Polynesian cloaks. Bell and noisy miners are sometimes culled where they are perceived to be a threat to other birds. Honeyeaters are major pollinators of many native plants. They also disperse seeds, including some exotic weeds. They consequently play an important role in the ecosystems that they occupy.

1. Greater Sulawesi honeyeater (Myza sarasinorum); 2. Western spinebill (Acanthorhynchus superciliosus); 3. Bishop's oo (Moho bishopi); 4. Cape sugarbird (Promerops cafer); 5. Rufous-banded honeyeater (Conopophila albogularis); 6. Common smoky honeyeater (Melipotes fumigatus); 7. Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae); 8. New Holland honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae); 9. Belford's melidectes (Melidectes belfordi) 10. Puff-backed meliphaga (Meliphaga aruensis). (Illustration by Emily Damstra)

1. Red myzomela (Myzomela cruentata); 2. Brown honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta); 3. Strong-billed honeyeater (Melithreptus validirostris); 4. Stitchbird (Notiomystis cincta); 5. Regent honeyeater (Xanthomyza phrygia); 6. Yellow-tufted honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops); 7. Noisy fri-arbird (Philemon corniculatus); 8. Bell miner (Manorina melanophrys); 9. Striped honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata); 10. Red wattlebird (An-thochaera carunculata). (Illustration by Emily Damstra)

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