French: Méliphage grivelé German: Ohrflecken-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero pechipinto
E. P. Ramsay, 1878,
south-east coast of New Guinea.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. a. olivacea
Mayr, 1938 – lowlands of NC New Guinea from L Sentani and Idenburg–Mamberamo Rivers E to Ramu R, including middle and lower Sepik R; recently reported in Onin Peninsula#R.
L. a. alboauricularis
(E. P. Ramsay, 1878) – coastal lowlands of SE New Guinea E from Popondetta and, in S, from around Bereina to Milne Bay, including small coastal islands of Mailu (off Amazon Bay) and Heath and Doini (near Samarai I).
15 cm; male 13·5–19 g, three females 12·5–14·5 g. Nominate race is dull brown above, darker olive-brown on wing and tail, with faint buff... read more
Noisy. Main call, often given by several birds at same time, a loud descending series of musical... read more
Usually near water. Preferred habitat tall canegrass (Saccharum) and other grasses (e.g.... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar and insects. Forages among stems and leaves of canegrass, and among other foliage; seen also to forage at flowers (including ... read more
Recorded in most months, with possible peak in late dry season (Sept–Oct) and little or no breeding in early wet season, clutches... read more
No information; probably largely resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Considered locally common to abundant; recently found to be uncommon in Idenburg-Mamberamo Basins. Unconfirmed reports of nominate race in Ok Tedi... read more
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