French: Méliphage versicolore German: Pirolhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero versicolor
Cape York Peninsula, north-east Queensland, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
G. v. sonoroides
(G. R. Gray, 1862) – West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, Schildpad, Misool), patchily coastal N New Guinea from Vogelkop E (including cities of Lae and Madang) to Milne Bay, and associated offshore islands of Yapen (in Geelvink Bay), Fergusson (in D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago) and other islands off SE Peninsula (including Killerton, Samarai and Doini).
G. v. versicolor
(Gould, 1843) – coastal S New Guinea from Merauke E (including some islands, e.g. Wallai I) at least to Port Moresby and probably farther (to Milne Bay); islands of Torres Strait (including Boigu, Saibai, Daru, Yam and Possession); and NE Australia S in coastal NE Queensland (including islands of Great Barrier Reef) to Townsville.
19–24 cm; one male 35·5g and two females 32·5 g and 33 g (nominate). Nominate race has top of head and neck olive, finely streaked darker, with dark grey... read more
In Australia song loud, powerful, resonant and melodious whistles. In New Guinea loud, mellow and... read more
In Australia, mainly in mangroves fringing coasts, estuaries and islands; also in coastal shrubland... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar and insects; said to take some crustaceans from mud at low tide. Forages by gleaning and probing in outer foliage of mangroves and... read more
Poorly known in New Guinea, with unspecified nesting in Jun, laying in Jan, nestlings Mar and Jul, and juvenile mid-Feb; apparently dry... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common to very common. Abundant in some coastal towns in N New Guinea (e.g. Madang); abundant also on islands in Torres Strait, although... read more
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