French: Méliphage modeste German: Sumpfhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero modesto
Glyciphila [sic] modesta
G. R. Gray
West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati); Aru Is; coastal S & SE New Guinea, also very locally in W Vogelkop (Sorong) and along N coast, with isolated records at Mamberamo R, Wewak and Madang; D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough I, Fergusson I); islands in N Torres Strait (including Boigu, Saibai, Daru and Yam); and NE Australia (Cape York Peninsula S to about Aurukun on W coast, and along E coast S to Bowen, with occasional records on islands off E coast).
12–13 cm; male 11–14 g, female 8·5 g. Rather drab, small and plump honeyeater with short tail. Plumage is mostly brown above and white below, with blackish... read more
Commonly heard. In New Guinea, song a series of short chipping notes interspersed with soft... read more
In Australia mainly riparian paperbark (Melaleuca) thickets or woodlands surrounding... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly nectar and insects. Forages in foliage, at flowers and on branches of trees, mostly paperbarks. Nectar taken by probing flowers;... read more
In Australia reported in all months except Jun, and eggs recorded mainly Sept–Oct; in New Guinea recorded in all months, mainly Aug... read more
Apparently partly resident and partly migratory in Australia, although described also as nomadic in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common in much of New Guinea, although oddly patchy distribution in NW & N parts, where recorded in W Vogelkop, with just isolated... read more
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