French: Méliphage carillonneur German: Maorihonigfresser Spanish: Mielero maorí
Promontorium Bonae Spei (= foothills Cape of Good Hope); error = Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand
Subspecies and Distribution
A. m. melanura
(Sparrman, 1786) – New Zealand, including many offshore islands; Auckland Is.
A. m. obscura
Falla, 1948 – Three Kings Is (NW of N North I).
A. m. oneho
Bartle & Sagar, 1987 – Poor Knights Is, E of N North I.
17–20 cm; male c. 31 g, female c. 24 g. Medium-sized honeyeater with rather long tail fairly narrow at base and flaring widely and deeply notched at tip. Male nominate... read more
Notes simple, like sound of distant bell. Sings all year, less in winter. Song of male fuller and... read more
Dense native forest with diverse and dense understorey of shrubs and young canopy trees. Mainly... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly nectar, fruit, insects; also insect products, e.g. honeydew from kamahi and southern rata (Metrosideros umbellata). Nectar... read more
Mainly Sept–Jan, but nestlings as late as early May and fledglings early Apr, sometimes two broods in season or may lay replacement... read more
Resident in most of range. Some apparent movements in North I and South I, with seasonal occurrence... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Widespread New Zealand, including many offshore islands, e.g. Hen and Chickens, Little Barrier and Tiritiri Matangi, and (off Stewart... read more
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