French: Méliphage moucheté German: Drosselhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero manchado
G. R. Gray
Waigeo, West Papuan Islands
Subspecies and Distribution
X. p. polygrammus
(G. R. Gray, 1862) – Waigeo, in West Papuan Is.
X. p. kuehni
E. J. O. Hartert, 1930 – Misool, in West Papuan Is.
X. p. poikilosternos
A. B. Meyer, 1874 – Salawati (in West Papuan Is), and mountains of NW & W New Guinea (Vogelkop and E at least to Victor Emanuel Mts).
X. p. septentrionalis
Mayr, 1931 – mountains of N New Guinea from Mamberamo R E, including Foja Mts, Cyclops Mts and mountains of Sepik R region, to Adelbert Mts.
X. p. lophotis
Mayr, 1931 – mountains of Huon Peninsula and SE New Guinea.
X. p. candidior
Mayr & Rand, 1935 – S New Guinea (S Trans-Fly region).
15–17 cm; male 19·7–23·5 g and female 18–19·5 g (lophotis), 19 g and 25 g (poikilosternos), one male 20 g (kuehni... read more
Fairly quiet, but small groups can be noisy. Vocalizations include brief upslurred disyllabic... read more
Lowland, foothill and lower montane primary rainforest, foothill monsoon forest, secondary forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily insectivorous; also takes nectar and fruit, including figs (Ficus). Forages mainly in canopy to lower middle storey (... read more
Single record (without details) in Mar, and indirect evidence of breeding in Sept (one in breeding condition), Oct (three females with... read more
Few data. Resident at Crater Mt and Brown R (E & SE New Guinea), probably with some local... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common to uncommon. Estimated density in lowland rainforest near Port Moresby (SE New Guinea) 1 bird/10 ha. No estimates of global... read more
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