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Alternative names: Sooty Honeyeater; Melanic Honeyeater; Santa Ana Honeyeater; Tristram's Honeyeater; Santa Ana Myzomela; Tristram's Myzomela
Females are smaller and slightly duller with paler legs (usually not distinguishable in the field).
Solomon Islands (San Cristobal, Santa Ana and Santa Catalina, probably also Ugi).
This is a monotypic species.
Primary forest, secondary forest, coconut plantations and gardens.
Feeds mainly on nectar, takes also small insects and occasionally some small fruit. Forages in the canopy of tall trees. Often in small parties of c. six birds, also sometimes in larger numbers in flowering trees, mixing with San Cristobal Melidectes and Duchess Lorikeet.
A nest was recorded in early September. It was similar to a sunbird nest but broader and less deep. It was suspended 10m above the ground from a branch of an understorey tree.
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