French: Méliphage à cou jaune German: Gelbstirn-Schwatzvogel Spanish: Mielero goligualdo
Namoi River, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. f. melvillensis
(Mathews, 1912) – Melville I and Bathurst I (Northern Territory).
M. f. lutea
(Gould, 1840) – N Western Australia (Kimberley Division, including some coastal islands) and N Northern Territory (E to W Arnhem Land) S to eucalypt–acacia transition zone (c. 20° S).
M. f. wayensis
(Mathews, 1912) – most of inland Australia from Western Australia and Northern Territory (S of Kimberley Division and Arnhem Land and, in S, NW of inner Wheatbelt) E to Murray–Darling Basin (N of Flinders–Grey Ranges) and S of E Gulf of Carpentaria.
M. f. obscura
(Gould, 1841) – SW Western Australia from N Swan coastal plain S through inner Wheatbelt to Esperance district (mainly absent from far SW corner).
M. f. flavigula
(Gould, 1840) – inland E Australia (W of Great Divide) from Queensland (SE Gulf of Carpentaria and base of Cape York Peninsula E to near Townsville), S to South Australia (S to Flinders Ranges and Adelaide Plains) and NW Victoria.
22–28 cm; 55 g. Nominate race has olive-yellow forehead merging into grey on crown, hindneck and side of neck, with fine whitish scaling on hindneck and side of neck... read more
Noisy, but repertoire unstudied. Calls include monosyllabic screams, squeaks and squawks in alarm (... read more
Nearly all wooded habitats, particularly Acacia woodlands and shrublands and open eucalypt... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily invertebrates, nectar (frequently of Eucalyptus), occasionally fruit, e.g. of mistletoe (Loranthaceae), Rhagodia... read more
Over entire range recorded in all months, with apparent peak late winter to summer, and concentrated in spring and early summer, most... read more
Resident. Said to be less sedentary than other miners, with some movements or changes in abundance... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common but somewhat patchily distributed, e.g. largely absent from Simpson Desert regions (in C Australia) and from Great Sandy Desert (in N Western... read more
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