French: Méliphage serti German: Weißbürzel-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero empenachado
interior of New South Wales = Wagga Wagga area, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. calconi
(Mathews, 1912) – extreme SW & S Kimberley (S Fitzroy R Basin) and adjacent Great Sandy Desert, in N Western Australia.
P. p. carteri
(A. J. Campbell, 1899) – Pilbara and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia (from upper De Grey–Fortescue Rivers S to Geraldton and N Wheatbelt) E to E Gibson Desert and in Great Victoria Desert to NW South Australia.
P. p. leilavalensis
(North, 1899) – NC Northern Territory (from c. 18° S) and NC Queensland S to South Australia (S to Gawler Ranges and N Flinders Ranges) and NW New South Wales (Barrier Range), but largely absent from Simpson Desert.
P. p. penicillata
(Gould, 1837) – Greater Murray–Darling Basin from CE Queensland (W of Great Divide) S to gulfs of South Australia, extending E to Great Divide and locally to coastal and subcoastal S & SE Australia.
13·5–18 cm; male 17–25 g and female 14–20 g (nominate), male 14·3–20·5 g and female 12–20 g (leilavalensis), male... read more
Three main songs and a range of calls. Main song “chick-o-wee” or “chick-oo-wee... read more
Dry, open sclerophyll forests and woodlands, typically riparian associations dominated by eucalypts... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly nectar, arthropods, and manna; also pollen and fruit and, very occasionally, seeds (most probably ingested with fruit); seen to take... read more
Recorded in all months, most clutches (72%) in late Aug to Nov; usually two and sometimes three clutches in a year. Nest probably built by... read more
Breeding adults resident, but some local movements, e.g. at Mt Isa (NW Queensland), small... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common; sparsely distributed in some areas, e.g. NW part of South Australia, and largely absent from Simpson Desert, in C... read more
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