French: Myzomèle ombré German: Queensland-Rußhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero sombrío
Port Essington, Northern Territory, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. o. fumata
(Bonaparte, 1850) – New Guinea from S Vogelkop (S from Sorong) E along S coast, including Adi I (off Triton Bay), to Trans-Fly and Milne Bay and, in SE, on N coast E from near Popondetta; also islands of N Torres Strait (probably Boigu and Sabai).
M. o. aruensis
Kinnear, 1924 – Aru Is.
M. o. harterti
Mathews, 1911 – islands of C & S Torres Strait, and NE Australia (coastal and subcoastal Queensland from Cape York Peninsula S to Moreton Bay).
M. o. obscura
Gould, 1843 – Tiwi Is (Bathurst I, Melville I) and N Northern Territory (Arnhem Land), in N Australia.
13–15 cm; male 11·8–15·1 g and female 10–12·3 g (nominate), male 11·8–17·5g, female 9–12·5 g and sexes... read more
In Australia, usual call a short mournful whistle or single note, often repeated. Song described as... read more
In Australia, mainly dense coastal or lowland rainforests and monsoon forests, also in such... read more
Food and feeding
Little known outside Australia. Mainly nectar, some arthropods (insects, spiders), with nectar also very important in diet of nestlings.... read more
Poorly known. In Australia breeding recorded in virtually all months, with eggs May, Jul, Sept and Nov and nestlings and fledglings Mar–Dec... read more
Not well known. Primarily resident in most of range, with maximum recorded movement of 1·2 km in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common in New Guinea; locally common in Australia. Reports from Misool (West Papuan Is) and, in Australia, from Groote Eylandt... read more
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