French: Myzomèle à menton rouge German: Rotkehl-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero barbirrojo
Other common names:
Lesson and Garnot
Waigeo, West Papuan Islands, off north-west New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. e. eques
(Lesson & Garnot, 1827) – West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Salawati, Misool) and NW New Guinea (Vogelkop and Onin Peninsula).
M. e. primitiva
Stresemann & Paludan, 1932 – N New Guinea from Geelvink Bay E to Astrolabe Bay.
M. e. nymani
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1903 – S & E New Guinea (E from Vogelkop–Mimika R on S coast and from Huon Gulf on N coast).
M. e. karimuiensis
Diamond, 1967 – Karimui, in Eastern Highlands (E New Guinea).
14 cm; mean 13·8 g (nominate), male average 15·8 g and female 12·4 g (nymani). Male nominate race is wholly blackish-brown, slightly paler below... read more
High-pitched “chip” typical of genus, given occasionally; heard to give a series of... read more
Primary rainforest, forest edge and tall secondary forest and regrowth; at Lakekamu, found in... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily nectar, from wide range of flowering plants, including Myrtaceae and figs (Ficus); also insects, and reported as eating... read more
Nest with young in late Mar; breeding in E of range thought to end late Jul to early Aug, and breeding in W several months later. Nest an... read more
Resident, possibly territorial, but appears to disperse locally to exploit flowering trees.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon in lowland forest in E Sepik District and at Crater Mt (in Chimbu Province); considered common elsewhere. At Brown R density less... read more
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