French: Méliphage à plumet noir German: Grünscheitel-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero de plumón
York district, Western Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. planasi
(A. J. Campbell, 1910) – N Western Australia (S & E Kimberley Division) E across S Top End to N Queensland (S Gulf of Carpentaria–Selwyn Range and, in NE, W of Great Divide).
P. p. plumula
(Gould, 1841) – SW & C Australia from near W coast (between Pilbara region and Geraldton) E to C ranges of S Northern Territory and to EC South Australia (S to E Nullarbor Plain, E to Gawler Ranges and W edge of L Eyre Basin).
P. p. graingeri
(Mathews, 1912) – inland E Australia sparsely from CE Queensland (c. 20–21° S) S, E to W fringes of Great Divide, to SW New South Wales and NW Victoria, and through Murray–Darling Basin W to Flinders Ranges of South Australia.
14–16·5 cm; male 13·5–18·5g and female 15–16·5 g (nominate), male 15–22·5g and female 16–27·5 g (... read more
Vocalizations described as sharp, shrill, loud, and repeated often, but can be silent for long... read more
In S mainly mallee eucalypt woodlands or shrublands or associated habitats, and commonly in low,... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, particularly of Eucalyptus, Eremophila and mistletoes (Loranthaceae), and arthropods (mostly insects, some... read more
Recorded in all months, but centred on winter-spring; clutches Jun–Mar. At one nest, only one member of pair appeared to build (... read more
Resident in many places. Numbers can fluctuate, e.g. around Mt Isa, in NW Queensland, numbers... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Formerly listed as “endangered” in Victoria. Uncommon and rather sparsely distributed; no estimates of population. Adversely affected by... read more
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