French: Méliphage de Macgregor German: Lappenhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Macgregor
Mount Scratchley, south-east New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. p. carolinae
Junge, 1939 – discontinuously in Snow Mts and Oranje Mts (Mt Carstensz, Carstensz Meadow, Kemabu Plateau, Mt Wilhelmina, L Habbema) and Star Mts (Mt Capella, Dokfuma Meadow), in W & C New Guinea.
M. p. pulchra
De Vis, 1897 – disjunctly on highest peaks of C Owen Stanley Range (Mt Strong–Mt Chapman, Mt Albert Edward, Mt Scratchley, Mt Victoria, Mt Batchelor), in SE New Guinea.
Male 40 cm, 242–357 g; female 35–40 cm, 190–230 g. Large black honeyeater with yellow wattle covering most of side of head; short erectile feathers of... read more
Vocalizes often; sexes maintain contact while foraging by countercalling, apparently having sex-... read more
Subalpine woodland and forest, including patches within alpine grassland, dominated by two... read more
Food and feeding
Appears highly specialized, but not well known. Primarily frugivorous; almost certainly takes arthropods, and possibly forages at flowers.... read more
Breeding apparently about Jul to Feb, with eggs possibly mid-Jul to mid-Aug; cycle seems mostly tied to unpredictable fruiting of main... read more
Possibly largely sedentary, but considered also partial or local nomad or migrant. Movements (and... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. CITES II. Restrictedrange species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. Common above 3000 m in Star Mts, where Ketengban people protect it for cultural... read more
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