French: Méliphage bouffant German: Aruhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de las Aru
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. sharpei
(Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1903) – West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Misool), NW & N mainland New Guinea E, including Yapen I and nearby Keboi I (in Geelvink Bay), to at least Kumusi R, and D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (including Goodenough I and Fergusson I) and Trobriand Is (including Kiriwina).
M. a. aruensis
(Sharpe, 1884) – Aru Is, and SW & S New Guinea (E to about Karema and Hall Sound).
16·5–18·5 cm; two males 27 g and 29 g and three females 23–27 g (nominate), male 22–30·5 g and female 21–31 g (sharpei... read more
Song a rapid low, rising and decelerating trill lasting up to 2 seconds, repeated several times,... read more
Variety of forest habitats, including primary rainforest and low plains forest, also disturbed... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes fruit, seeds (probably ingested with fruit), and arthropods (mainly insects); probably also nectar, and known to visit... read more
Recorded in most months: eggs mid-Aug and Oct and nestlings mid-Oct, nests or breeding females late Jul and Aug, Oct–Jan, Mar–... read more
Probably largely sedentary, with some local movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. No estimates of total population; generally fairly common to common; uncommon at Crater Mt. Retiring and difficult to observe.
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