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Photo by Devon Pike
Saipan, November 2011
Myzomela rubratra

Identification

13 cm. Sexually dimorphic. Small 'stubby' Honeyeater with a longish, downcurved bill. Males generaly dusty scarlet with black wings, tail, vent and undertail coverts. Females vary geographically. Generaly like males but scarlet much duller and black replaced with brown. Chuuk ( Truk ) and Kosrae females very like males, Pohnpei females overall more brownish with red wash to breast and rump, Waqab ( Yap ) females similar, but brighter red, Northern Mariana and Belau ( Palau ) as Waqab but with red on crown.

Bare parts :- Bill dull, dark grey, legs black, eye reddish.

Voice :- Rather long, tuneless, but complex, series of chirps, tweets, wheezes and buzzes. Dawn song somewhat more musical.

Distribution

Guam,Northern Mariana Islands, Palau and Federated States of Micronesia.

Taxonomy

Habitat

Forests, plantations and gardens.

Behaviour

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