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

Includes: Samoan Myzomela


Male has bright red plumage


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

Photo by Ian_M at Tanna Island, Vanuatu, January 2005



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)


Moist lowland forests and mangroves and coastal scrub.



  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations

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