French: Méliphage obscur German: Laubhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero oscuro
Mount Scratchley, south-east New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
C. o. viridifrons
(Salomonsen, 1966) – mountains of Vogelkop, in NW New Guinea.
C. o. obscura
(De Vis, 1897) – patchily distributed on lower slopes of N, C & SE New Guinea E from Weyland Mts.
18·5–19 cm; male 24–31g, female 24–27 g, mean of 20 unsexed 26·5 g (nominate). Nominate race has forehead and forecrown dusky grey, merging to... read more
Often quiet. Song ebullient, of 2 notes (second lower than first) followed by 4 rapid and higher-... read more
Primary forest (rainforest), mainly hill forest, less often in secondary growth and disturbed... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes nectar, small arthropods (insects) and fruit (including of Ficus). Forages mainly in lower and middle stages of... read more
Two active nests known, one in SW (Mimika R) at end Aug and the other in E (Crater Mt) in mid-Oct; seven specimens from Eastern Highlands... read more
Resident at Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area; possibly vagrant near Brown R. Occurrence in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon, but can be locally common or abundant (e.g. Crater Mt, Eloa Valley, and in SW of range). Best detected by vocalizations, but... read more
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