French: Méliphage enfumé German: Aschbrust-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero ahumado
Other common names:
Common Smoky Honeyeater,
Plain Smoky Honeyeater
A. B. Meyer
Hufeisengebirge (south-east Owen Stanley Range), south-east New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. f. kumawa
Diamond, 1985 – Kumawa Mts, in NW New Guinea (S Bomberai Peninsula).
M. f. goliathi
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1911 – Central Ranges from Weyland Mts and Nassau Mts E to Bismarck–Kubor Mts (including Mt Bosavi) and W Herzog Mts, also Cyclops Mts and C North Coastal Range (Bewani Mts).
M. f. fumigatus
A. B. Meyer, 1886 – E Herzog Mts and mountains of SE New Guinea.
21·5–22 cm; male 46–60 g and female 42–54 g (nominate), male 46–68 g and female 44–57 g (goliathi). Nominate race has forehead,... read more
Generally silent; occasionally a thin “sit sit sit” or weak sibilant “swit swit... read more
Mid-montane and montane primary forest, including high-altitude stunted moss forest, forest edge,... read more
Food and feeding
Predominantly frugivorous, but insects and some floral parts also taken; not known to eat nectar, and one observed while pecking at flowers... read more
Season at least late dry season, with eggs late Sept and early Oct, and nestlings and fledglings late Aug to late Oct, and unseen nestling... read more
Almost certainly largely sedentary or resident, possibly with some local movements, e.g. a few at... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Considered generally common to abundant, and ubiquitous in Central Ranges.
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