Singing HoneyeaterScientific name: Lichenostomus virescens

Meaning of name: Gavicalis is an anagram of the genus name Cavigalis assigned to honeyeaters by Iredale in 1956. Virescens is a Latin word meaning greenish.

Aboriginal name: Dooromdorom (door’awm’door’awm).

Distribution: Widespread across Australia but largely absent from the wetter east coast and norther Queensland.

Description: Up to 19cm long with a 25cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 153 km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in September 2014, 12 years after being banded (information as at 12 July 2017).

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2 

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme

Western Australian Bird Notes. No. 162 June 2017. P17.