French: Méliphage à tête brune German: Braunkopf-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero cabecipardo
Vigors and Horsfield
Sydney region (Parramatta), New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. b. leucogenys
Milligan, 1903 – S Western Australia (from Peron Peninsula E to W Nullarbor Plain); also S South Australia (Eyre Peninsula).
M. b. pallidiceps
Mathews, 1912 – inland plains and W slopes of Great Divide in S Queensland, W & C New South Wales and N Victoria, extending W into S South Australia.
M. b. brevirostris
(Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) – E slopes of Great Divide in New South Wales and both slopes in Victoria, extending W into SE South Australia.
M. b. magnirostris
North, 1905 – Kangaroo I (South Australia).
M. b. wombeyi
Schodde & Mason, 1999 – Otway Ranges and S Gippsland, in S Victoria.
11·5–14 cm; male 12–16 g and two females 14·1 and 17 g (nominate), male 11–14·2 g and female 12–16 g (pallidiceps... read more
Noisy, calling often. Main call a repeated sharp, unmusical and moderately high-pitched “chip... read more
Mostly dry, open Eucalyptus forests and woodlands, often with well-developed shrubby... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods (especially insects, also spiders), nectar and manna, lerp and honeydew; known also to prey on eggs of other small birds.... read more
Season mainly late winter to mid-summer, but breeding recorded in all months except May, most records of breeding and nearly all those of... read more
Generally resident, with local movements within large home ranges in response to availability of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common; rare in extreme SW Western Australia (including on Swan R Plain). No estimates of total population; recorded densities... read more
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