French: Méliphage de Lewin German: Goldohr-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Lewin
region of Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. l. amphochlora
Schodde, 1989 – McIlwraith Range (E Cape York Peninsula), with outliers on summits S to Cooktown, in NE Queensland.
M. l. mab
(Mathews, 1912) – coastal NE Queensland from Cooktown S to Dawson–Mackenzie Basin, extending inland to summits of Great Divide.
M. l. lewinii
(Swainson, 1837) – coastal E & SE Australia from Dawson–Mackenzie Basin (Dawes Range) S to Victoria (W Gippsland and Dandenong Ranges), extending inland to summits of Great Divide, with apparently isolated population farther W in North West Slopes and Plains Region of New South Wales.
19–21·5 cm; male 27·5–49·5 g and female 27·3–41·5 g (nominate), male 28–39 g and female 29·6–36... read more
Calls throughout day. Most common call a highly distinctive rapid rattle of staccato notes,... read more
Mainly rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests, also dense vegetation at edge of rainforest and in... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly fruits, of wide variety of plants, and nectar; also insects, some spiders (Araneae) and molluscs. Forages at all levels,... read more
In NE of range recorded Jul–Mar, with estimated start of laying Aug–Mar, and in S (SE Queensland S to Victoria) eggs Sept-early... read more
Resident, with some local movements. In NE Queensland, small numbers descend to lower altitudes in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Recorded densities of 0·05–0·2 birds/ha. Race amphochlora has apparently small population... read more
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