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Cardinal Myzomela

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MalePhoto by llaackVaoala Village, Samoa, June 2008
Photo by llaack
Vaoala Village, Samoa, June 2008
Myzomela cardinalis

Includes: Samoan Myzomela


[edit] Identification

Male has bright red plumage

[edit] Distribution

Australasia: found in the Loyalty Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa and the Solomon Islands.

FledglingPhoto by Ian_M at Tanna Island, Vanuatu, January 2005
Photo by Ian_M at Tanna Island, Vanuatu, January 2005

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies[1]

There are 8 subspecies:

  • M. c. lifuensis:
  • Loyalty Islands
  • M. c. cardinalis:
  • M. c. tenuis:
  • Northern Vanuatu and Banks Group
  • M. c. tucopiae:
  • Tikopia Island (north-east of Banks Group)
  • M. c. nigriventris:
  • Samoa (Upolu, Savai'i and Tutuila) - split as Samoan Myzomela by Clements
  • M. c. santaecrucis:
  • M. c. sanfordi :
  • Rennell (south-eastern Solomon Islands)
  • M. c. pulcherrima:
  • Solomon Islands ((Makira and Ugi)

[edit] Habitat

Moist lowland forests and mangroves and coastal scrub.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. BF Member observations

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