French: Méliphage à oreillons gris German: Grauohr-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero orejigrís
Other common names: Dark-brown Honeyeater
Five subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. i. griseoviridis
Salomonsen, 1966 – C Vanuatu, including Malakula, Ambrym, Paama, Lopevi, Epi, Tongoa, Tongariki, Emae, Makura, Mai, Nguna and Éfaté.
L. i. flavotincta
(G. R. Gray, 1870) – Erromango, in S Vanuatu.
L. i. poliotis
(G. R. Gray, 1859) – Beautemps Beaupré, Ouvéa and Lifou, in Loyalty Is.
L. i. mareensis
Salomonsen, 1966 – Maré, in Loyalty Is.
L. i. incana
(Latham, 1790) – New Caledonia and I of Pines.
12–17 cm; two males 12 g and 15 g, eight unsexed 9·5–14·5 g. Nominate race is dark olive-brown above, with small patch of largely bare blackish skin... read more
Noisy, with vocalizations described as cheery or pleasing; most vocal in morning and evening, and... read more
Widespread and common in all habitats except humid forests and open fields: primary and secondary... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, pollen, fruit, also small arthropods (including insects, spiders). Feeds on wide range of flowering plants, but on Vanuatu shows... read more
Season protracted, but few data for timing of laying or nestlings: in New Caledonia normally Oct/Nov–Jan, but earlier statements... read more
Sedentary; local movements to flowering plants.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Vanuatu and Temotu EBA and in New Caledonia EBA. Common and widespread throughout its range. In Vanuatu, possible... read more
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