French: Myzomèle ébène German: Ebenholz-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero de ébano
Other common names:
P. L. Sclater
Nares Harbour, Admiralty Is, Bismarck Archipelago
Subspecies and Distribution
M. p. ernstmayri
Meise, 1929 – small islands W of Admiralty Is, including Wuvulu, Manu, Ninigo, Anchorites (Kaniet) and Hermit.
M. p. pammelaena
P. L. Sclater, 1877 – Admiralty Is (E Manus, probably established; Rambutyo, Lou, Nauna, and other small islands, including Mandrin, Baluan, Sivisa, Los Reyes, San Miguel, Ponam, Hauwei and Tong).
M. p. hades
Meise, 1929 – St Matthias Group (Mussau, Eloaua, Emirau and Tench), NW of New Hanover.
M. p. ramsayi
Finsch, 1886 – Tingwon I and small islands off New Hanover (e.g. Tigak) and off N New Ireland, in Bismarck Archipelago.
M. p. nigerrima
Salomonsen, 1966 – islands of Long, Crown and Tolokiwa and associated small islets (including Midi, Hein and islets of Siassi Group), between NE New Guinea and Umboi.
11–12·7 cm; male average 17 g, female average 14·6 g, male 12–14 g (hades, ramsayi), male 13·2–20 g (other races).... read more
Main call of race nigerrima a relatively loud (for Myzomela), hoarse, unmusical... read more
Virtually all available vegetated habitats: primary forest, secondary growth, shrubland, coconut... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar and insects. Forages from understorey and shrub layer to canopy, by gleaning and probing; commonly in flowering shrubs (including... read more
Single nest (with nestlings) reported, on 29th Apr: a small cup of fine plant fibre, suspended from horizontal fork 2·4 m above... read more
Probably largely resident, with local movements. Probably now established on Manus, where formerly... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Admiralty Islands EBA, in St Matthias Islands EBA, and in New Britain and New Ireland EBA. Generally common to... read more
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