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Myzomela chermesina

Identification

9cm. Male is black with bright red mantle, rump, throat, breast and flanks. Female has less red on mantle, dull brownish-black underparts with faint red wash on throat and upper breast, and stronger red wash on lower breast and upper belly. Immature male similar to female but more red on throat and less on breast. Immature female duller with pale cinnamon or rufous wash on underparts.

Distribution

It is endemic to the island of Rotuma in the far north of Fiji.

Taxonomy

Habitat

Moist lowland forests and plantations.

Behaviour

It is primarily nectivorous but is also strongly insectivorous.

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