Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Banda Myzomela (Myzomela boiei)


Taxonomy

French: Myzomèle de Banda German: Inselhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de las Banda
Taxonomy:

Nectarinia (Myzomela) Boiei

S. Müller

, 1843,

Banda Islands, Moluccas

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See M. chloroptera. The two subspecies are separated by 350 km of open sea; their treatment as conspecific may require investigation#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. b. boiei (S. Müller, 1843) – Banda Is, in S Moluccas.
  • M. b. annabellae P. L. Sclater, 1883 – Babar and Tanimbar Is (Yamdena, Selaru), in extreme E Lesser Sundas.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–11·5 cm. Male nominate race is distinctive and striking, with head, neck, upper breast and mantle to uppertail-coverts scarlet-red, forming broad stripe down... read more

    Voice

    Undescribed.  

    Habitat

    Mainly primary closed forest and tall secondary forest, secondary woodland, lightly wooded farmland... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seen singly, in twos (probably pairs) and, occasionally, in small flocks. No other information.  

    Breeding

    In Banda Is, nests with eggs and with nestlings recorded in Sept, and recently fledged young late Apr. No other information.  

    Movements

    Possibly locally nomadic.  

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Banda Sea Islands EBA. Very poorly known. Described as moderately common in Tanimbar Is.  

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2018). Banda Myzomela (Myzomela boiei). 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/60357 on 21 October 2018).