Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Vulnerable

Bacan Myzomela (Myzomela batjanensis)


Taxonomy

French: Myzomèle de Bacan German: Bacanhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de las Bacan
Taxonomy:

Myzomela batjanensis

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1903,

Bacan Island

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. chloroptera, but differs in its grey vs red breast (3); entirely whitish-grey lower underparts and wing fringes with no trace of olive-yellow wash (1); slightly smaller size (effect size for male bills –1.28; score 1); and clearly higher-pitched (2) and slightly longer (1) call (although sample size very small). Monotypic.

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Distribution:

Bacan, off SW Halmahera.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm. Compared to M. chloroptera has red of plumage darker and, below, confined to throat and upper breast, with rest of breast olive, except sides (which are... read more

Voice

Two vocalizations have been described: a five-note, high-pitched buzz that increases slightly in... read more

Habitat

Mainly primary montane forest and tall secondary forest. Principally found at 1500–2200 m, but down... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet, but presumably feeds exclusively on nectar, or almost so. Observed alone, in pairs or in small groups, with or... read more

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Possibly moves locally to exploit resources.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: confined to part of a single, comparatively small island within the Northern Maluku EBA. Range (maximum Area of Occupancy) has been... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Bacan Myzomela (Myzomela batjanensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/1343736 on 22 September 2019).