French: Méliphage chanteur German: Pfeifhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero cantarín
Nouvelle Hollande = Shark Bay, Western Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
G. v. cooperi
(Mathews, 1912) – Tiwi Is (Bathurst I, Melville I) and N Northern Territory (S to Victoria R and SW Gulf of Carpentaria, including Groote Eylandt and Sir Edward Pellew Is), in N Australia.
G. v. forresti
(C. Ingram, 1906) – Western Australia from Kimberley Division S to Shark Bay and Wheatbelt, E to SE Gulf of Carpentaria and NC Queensland, South Australia (N Eyre Peninsula and N Flinders Ranges) and NW New South Wales.
G. v. sonorus
(Gould, 1841) – CN Queensland (Burdekin–Flinders Rivers to Dawson–Mackenzie Basin) S, W of Great Divide, to SE South Australia (E from Eyre Peninsula) and W Victoria (W of Westernport Bay).
G. v. virescens
(Vieillot, 1817) – coastal and subcoastal SW & S Western Australia from Carnarvon–Shark Bay S (including Rottnest I) to SW capes (absent from wetter far SW), inland to Wheatbelt, and E to SC South Australia (E to W Eyre Peninsula).
16–24 cm; 29·3 g (nominate), male 20–28 g (cooperi), male 24·2–35 g and female 21–34 g (sonorus), male 21·8... read more
One of first birds to call in morning, male singing from roost 30–20 minutes before dawn.... read more
Open wooded habitats. Primarily open shrublands and low open woodlands, frequently dominated by... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes nectar, invertebrates (mainly insects, also spiders and molluscs) and fruit; ratio of nectar to invertebrates estimated at 26... read more
Breeds in all months; of 219 clutches, most (72·6%) mid-Aug to late Nov. Nest an open cup, typically substantial (at least in W of... read more
Resident, usually with some local movements or fluctuation in numbers at specific locations. At... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common; recorded densities of up to 4·33 birds/ha and 1·3 breeding pairs/ha. Declines reported in some areas but may have... read more
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