French: Myzomèle de Micronésie German: Mikronesienhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Micronesia
Kosrae, east Caroline Islands
Subspecies and Distribution
M. r. asuncionis
Salomonsen, 1966 – N & C Northern Mariana Is (Maug Is and Asuncion S to Anatahan).
M. r. saffordi
Wetmore, 1917 – S Northern Marianas (Saipan, Tinian, Aguijan, Rota; formerly also Guam).
M. r. kobayashii
Momiyama, 1922 – nearly all islands of Palau (from Kayangel S to Angaur).
M. r. kurodai
Momiyama, 1922 – Yap, in W Caroline Is.
M. r. major
Bonaparte, 1854 – Chuuk Is, including Nama, Losap and Mortlock Is (Namoluk, Ettal, Lukunor and Satawan atolls), in C Carolines.
M. r. dichromata
Wetmore, 1919 – Pohnpei and nearby Sapwuahfik Atoll (Ngatik), in E Carolines.
M. r. rubratra
(Lesson, 1827) – Kosrae, E of Pohnpei.
c. 13 cm; male 10·5–18 g, female 10·4–15 g (saffordi). Male nominate race is striking, with head and neck to breast and belly and central... read more
Fairly vocal, and vocalizations given throughout day, though most vocal at dawn. In Palau, main... read more
Forest, forest edge, mangroves, native palm (Clinostigma) forests, coastal scrub (... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar; also small invertebrates, mainly insects, including aphids (Aphidoidea) and scale insects (Coccoidea), also spiders (Araneae), and... read more
Throughout Micronesia breeding appears to occur in all months through year, with little or no seasonal fluctuation: in Northern Marianas... read more
Resident; possibly some short local movements associated with flowering events. On Kosrae, seen to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Mariana Islands EBA, in Palau EBA, in Yap Islands EBA, and in East Caroline Islands EBA. Common to abundant... read more
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