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Alternative Names: Red-spot Honeyeater, Red-spot Myzomela, Red-throated Honeyeater, Red-throated Myzomela, Ruby-throated Honeyeater
14 cm 13.8 g 5.4 inches
There are 4 subspecies recognised:
Primary and tall secondary rainforest, regrowth and forest edge. At Lakekamu, found in lowland alluvial rainforest and edge.
Mainly nectar, also insects, and figs growing from tree trunks. Forages mostly in the upper canopy of tall flowering trees, occasionally in vines and epiphytes, less frequenty in lower levels and scarcer in the lowest levels. Often forages on flowering sago (Metroxylon) by gleaning and probing. Not as active as congeners. Frequently in flocks of up to 20β30 birds in flowering trees and with other honeyeaters, including congeners such as Papuan Black Myzomela, Mountain Myzomela and Red Myzomela, also Red-flanked Lorikeet, infrequently alone or in pairs. Frequently joins mixed-species flocks.
Nest with young observed in late March, breeding in east of range also believed to breed between late July and early August, later in west. Nest a scruffy, meagre cup made from strips of strong black arboreal lichen, suspended from fork of thin leafy branch, well hidden by foliage.
High-pitched βchipβ repeated occasionally. When displaying or defending territory gives a string of melodious chirps ending in hissing.
Resident, could be territorial, localised dispersal to utilise flowering trees.
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