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Scarlet Myzomela - BirdForum Opus

Revision as of 15:22, 9 February 2011 by Njlarsen (talk | contribs) (gsearch)
Photo by Tom Tarrant
Photo taken: Samsonvale, SE Queensland, Australia.

Alternative name: Scarlet Honeyeater

Myzomela sanguinolenta

Identification

10-11 cm. Bright red head, breast, back and rump, black tail and wings (wing feathers have white margins) with a white abdomen. The female is a pale brown with a whitish abdomen. Both have black bills and eyes.

Distribution

East coast of Australia.

Taxonomy

Monotypic.

Habitat

Forests.

Behaviour

Its diet includes nectar and insects.

Its nest is a tiny cup of shredded bark with spider web as binding, high up in tree canopy, or mistletoe. The small eggs are white, flecked with dull red-brown or grey-purple.

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