French: Méliphage de Mimika German: Mimikahonigfresser Spanish: Mielero del Mimika
Other common names: Spot-breasted Honeyeater, Spot-breasted Meliphaga
Mimika River, south New Guinea.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. mimikae
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1911) – S slopes of Central Range and lowlands of SW & SC New Guinea from at least Mimika R and Snow Mts E (including along rivers Kapare, Wataikwa, Iwaka, Setekwa, Utakwa and Noord) to upper Fly R.
M. m. bastille
(Diamond, 1967) – S slopes of Eastern Highlands.
M. m. granti
(Rand, 1936) – S slopes of mountains of SE New Guinea from upper Angabunga R E at least to Sogeri Plateau, and in Hydrographer Range on N watershed.
16·5–17 cm; male 24–32·5g, female 22–29 g (bastille). Nominate race has top and side of head and neck and upperparts dark greyish-... read more
Loud, short “tuck” or “chip” or “chup” note, similar to those... read more
Forest, mainly in foothills and lower montane slopes, c. 150 m to 1150 m, locally down to sea-level... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes fruit, arthropods (mainly insects) and almost certainly nectar. Forages mainly in shrubby understorey and lower middle storey... read more
Details from two nests in Crater Mt, in mid-Mar and late Apr. Nest a slightly oval open cup made of fine plant fibres, twigs and vines,... read more
Resident at Crater Mt; probably sedentary throughout range, with some local movements. read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common to abundant, infrequently observed. One of the most abundant forest birds at Karimui, and the most common of the six closely... read more
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