French: Méliphage à oreillons noirs German: Malleeschwatzvogel Spanish: Mielero orejinegro
F. E. Wilson
Mallee, Victoria = c. 30 km north of Cowangie (Kow Plains), north-west Victoria, Australia
Semi-arid mallee in lower Murray–Darling Basin of NW Victoria and SE South Australia.
23–26 cm; 43·5–60 g. Plumage is largely grey above, with dull olive forehead merging into grey of crown, black facial mask (from bill narrowly over and... read more
Poorly described. Most calling in early morning and during breeding. Calls harsh and grating,... read more
Mature intact tracts of semi-arid mallee eucalypt woodland, unburnt for at least 45 years, on a... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily invertebrates (mainly insects, also spiders), occasionally nectar. Forages at all levels, from canopy to ground. Searches... read more
Not well known. Recorded in Sept–Dec, probably extending into autumn. In loose colonies, nests sometimes as little as 25 m apart;... read more
Colonies sedentary, apparently within fairly large ranges, but few hard data. Tends to stay within... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Restrictedrange species: present in South-east Australia EBA. Rare and local; one of Australia’s rarest bird species. Most of remaining colonies confined to... read more
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