Very difficult to distinguish from the Yellow-spot honeyeater and the Lewin's Honey Eater, however can be identified by the call.
It lives in subtropical and tropical lowland forests and tropical mangroves.
It is often seen along the Daintree River however as mentioned, it can be difficult to distinguish from the Lewins and Yellow-spot honey eaters. It is smaller than the Yellow-spotted honey eater and has a more slender bill.
Its call is a single "plik" sound.