French: Méliphage mao German: Maohonigfresser Spanish: Mielero mao
Hombron and Jacquinot
Savaii and Upolu, in Samoa.
28–31 cm. Large dark honeyeater with long, gently decurved bill. Appears wholly dark at distance: head, neck and breast sooty black to olive-black, conspicuous olive... read more
Considered noisy. Call described as a loud cat-like wailing “mee-aa-oo” or a series of... read more
Native forest and forest edges, and cultivated land with remnants of rainforest, e.g. in steep... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, arthropods (mainly insects) and small fruit. Forages usually in crowns of trees, or in subcanopy; seen foraging in coral trees (... read more
Both sexes, but more intensely males, exhibit territorial defence through song, chasing and occasional physical contact; only females... read more
Sedentary, with some local movements.
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Restrictedrange species: present in Samoan Islands EBA. Rare. Total population small (estimate of 1000–2500 individuals), fragmented and apparently... read more
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