Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Wakolo Myzomela (Myzomela wakoloensis)


Taxonomy

French: Myzomèle de Forbes German: Wakolohonigfresser Spanish: Mielero del Wakolo
Taxonomy:

Myzomela wakoloensis

H. O. Forbes

, 1883,

Lake Wakolo, Buru, Moluccas

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See M. chloroptera. Males of race elisabethae appear to have all-black wing-coverts and uneven black markings on the belly, and may also differ vocally#R; but museum material is seemingly sparse and of poor quality, and more evidence required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. w. wakoloensis H. O. Forbes, 1883 – Buru Myzomela – Buru, in S Moluccas.
  • M. w. elisabethae van Oort, 1911 – Seram Myzomela – Seram, in S Moluccas.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–11·5 cm; 7–9 g (elisabe­thae). Male nominate race is predominantly red above and on much of underbody, with fine black loral stripe... read more

    Voice

    Undescribed; variants of vocalizations on Buru and Seram said to differ, but not well studied.

    Habitat

    Mainly primary forest and tall secondary forest, possibly also mangroves. Mainly in mountains:... read more

    Food and feeding

    Forages at flowers for nectar; presumably also takes small invertebrates. Usually seen singly or in twos (probably pairs), occasionally in... read more

    Breeding

    No information.

    Movements

    Possibly locally nomadic.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Buru EBA and Seram EBA. Not well known. Described as moderately common to common on Buru and Seram.

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Wakolo Myzomela (Myzomela wakoloensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60356 on 16 September 2019).