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Alternative names: Scarlet-bibbed Myzomela, Red-bibbed Honeyeater
10.5 to 12 cm.
Juveniles undescribed, immatures like adult females.
Endemic to Karkar Islands off northeast New Guinea and several small islands of Bismarck Archipelago (Crown, Long, Tolokiwa, Tamuniai, Umboi, Unea (Bali), Witu Group, islets in Kimbe Bay and off northern coast of New Britain, Talele, Watom and Credner Islands).
This is a monotypic species.
Moist lowland forests and montanes. Occurs also in secondary growth and plantations.
Feeds on nectar, insects, fruits and flower parts.
Breeding season on Karkar starts in May/June, a nest with young seen in mid-August on Witu. The nest is a cup, well concealed and suspended in low vegetation. One nest was 2 m above the ground in a clump of canegrass, another one 10 m above the ground in a coconut palm. No information on clutch size or incubation and nestling periods.
A resident species. Birds on Karkar may undertake some altitudinal movements.
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