French: Méliphage à calotte fauve German: Goldscheitel-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero coronado
Nova Wallia Australi = New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
G. m. melanops
(Latham, 1801) – SW Western Australia (S from Kalbarri–Geraldton), E across S Australia (largely absent Nullarbor coast and Nullarbor Plain) to SE South Australia including Kangaroo I (and extending N through Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound), Victoria, and E coast of New South Wales (except far NE); also islands in Bass Strait (King I, Hunter Is, Furneaux Group; historical records in Kent Group), and E Tasmania.
G. m. chelidonia
Schodde & Mason, 1999 – NW, W & SW coasts of Tasmania.
14–18 cm; male 14·7–22 g, female 14–19 g (nominate). Nominate race is largely grey-brown above, streaked and mottled pale olive-brown on mantle, back... read more
Song, from perch and in flight, consists of simple, clear, plaintive bell-like or flute-like... read more
Primarily coastal and semi-arid inland heathland, preferring low (no more than 2 m tall) dry... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly nectar, from wide range of plants (including Banksia, Grevillea, Adenanthos, Xanthorrhoea, ... read more
Season Jul–Apr, clutches recorded mainly Aug–Nov (78·5% of 70 clutches) and nestlings Aug–Apr; in SW eggs Jul... read more
Resident over most of range, with some seasonal patterns in occurrence or abundance. For example,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common; recorded densities of 0·05–1·6 birds/ha at various sites. Range and numbers have decreased at some sites as a... read more
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