French: Méliphage brunâtre German: Braunhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero pardo
Vigors and Horsfield
King George Sound, south Western Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
L. i. limbata
(S. Müller, 1843) – Bali, and Lesser Sundas on Lombok, Sumbawa, Sangeang, Komodo, Flores, Lembata, Alor, Sumba, Savu, Roti, Ndao, Ndoo, Semau and Timor (including Atauro I).
L. i. nupta
(Stresemann, 1912) – Aru Is.
L. i. melvillensis
(Mathews, 1912) – Tiwi Is (Bathurst I, Melville I), off N Northern Territory (N Australia).
L. i. indistincta
(Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) – Western Australia (E to fringes of deserts and, in S, along coastal fringe S of Nullarbor Plain to about Eyre) and Northern Territory (S to C ranges) E to SE Gulf of Carpentaria and NW Queensland (Selwyn Range), and CN South Australia.
L. i. ocularis
(Gould, 1838) – S New Guinea (S Trans-Fly region, including around Merauke, Bensbach R and L Daviambu), Saibai I (in N Torres Strait) and E Australia from Cape York Peninsula S to SW Queensland and CN & CE New South Wales (S to around Sydney).
Male 12–16 cm, female 11·5–15 cm; male 7·9–14 g and female 7–12 g (nominate), male 10·1–14 g, female 8·7–10... read more
Noisy, calls throughout year (apparent seasonal peaks, e.g. vocal activity in Western Australia... read more
Throughout range occupies wide range of habitats, often near water, including watercourses, swamps... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly nectar; also small invertebrates, mainly insects, also spiders (Araneae). Nectar frequently of Banksia or Eucalyptus... read more
In New Guinea birds said to be in breeding condition in Aug–Sept, but no other information. All following details refer to Australia... read more
Resident in many areas; also widely described as nomadic or partly nomadic, but extent of any such... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common but generally scarce in New Guinea; on Fly R, sex ratio recorded during one survey strongly male-biased. Common to abundant in... read more
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