French: Méliphage cornu German: Gelbstirn-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero orejigualdo
Nova Hollandia = region of Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
L. m. meltoni
(Mathews, 1912) – W watershed of Great Divide, narrowly extending to E watershed of SE Queensland, S to NE & CN Victoria, thence W to border region near South Australia, with outlying populations at high altitude in Snowy R watershed and Mt Kosciusko region (SE New South Wales).
L. m. melanops
(Latham, 1801) – Yellow-tufted Honeyeater – New South Wales E of Great Divide.
L. m. gippslandicus
(Wakefield, 1958) – E Victoria (W Gippsland) E to extreme SE New South Wales (Narooma and Eden).
L. m. cassidix
(Gould, 1867) – Helmeted Honeyeater – Yellingbo area, in W Gippsland (CS Victoria).
16·5–21 cm; male 16·6–30g and female 14·2–31 g (meltoni), male 23–32 g and female 22–24·5 g (nominate),... read more
Complex and varied, and some listed calls possibly variant descriptions of others. Some calls harsh... read more
Dry open sclerophyll forests and woodlands, typically dominated by eucalypts and with well-... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily arthropods (mainly insects, some spiders, occasionally gastropod snails) and insect products, such as lerp and honeydew, as well... read more
Breeding recorded in all months, though rarely May–Jun, most clutches in Sept–Nov; at Yellingbo (race cassidix), early... read more
Largely sedentary, with some local movements; altitudinal migration in S. Race cassidix... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Race cassidix, sometimes treated as separate species, listed as “endangered” nationally and “critically endangered”... read more
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