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(Redirected from Meliphaga lewinii)
Photo © by Pearly_Shells
Lamington NP, Queensland, Australia, April 2006
Meliphaga lewinii


Photo © by Ken Doy
O'Reilly's Queensland, October 2013

19–21·5 cm (7½-8½ in)

  • Dark greenish grey
  • Creamy-yellow gape
  • Large, yellowish crescent-shaped ear patches
  • Black bill
  • Bluish-grey eye

Young birds are similar but have brown eyes.


In flight, shows pale yellow edges to the flight feathers.





There are 3 subspecies[1]

  • M. l. amphochlora:
  • M. l. mab:
  • East Queensland (Mossman to Fitzroy River)
  • M. l. lewinii:


Wet sclerophyll forests, rainforest including dense undergrowth at the forest edge and open woodland.



Their diet consists of a wide variety of fruits, nectar, insects, spiders and molluscs. They forage at all levels.


The nest is a large cup of vegetation and other materials, bound together with spider's web. It is lined with soft material. The clutch consists of 2-3 oval eggs which are incubated for about 14 days. The young birds leave the nest after a further 14 days.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)
  3. Wikipedia

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