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Yellow-vented Myzomela - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Crimson-rumped Myzomela, Yellow-vented Honeyeater; Eichhorn's Honeyeater

Myzomela eichhorni

Identification

12-13 cm (4¾-5 in)

  • Dark olive-grey upperparts, darker on head and hindneck and darker blackish-olive on wing and tail
  • Scarlet rump and uppertail-coverts
  • Prominent yellowish-olive margins on wing-coverts and remiges, forming a pale panel on folded wing
  • Scarlet chin and throat
  • Yellow-olive rest of underparts

Variations

  • atrata is darker than nominate and some males have red on nape
  • ganongae is intermediate between nominate and atrata

Sexes similar but females are smaller, slightly paler and have a cinnamon-olive to rufous-olive rump.
Juveniles are dull brown-grey with a dark reddish-grey spot in the middle of chin and throat.

Distribution

Solomon Islands.
A common to fairly common restricted range species.

Taxonomy

Forms a superspecies with Sooty Myzomela, Red-bellied Myzomela, Black-headed Myzomela, Scarlet-naped Myzomela and Ebony Myzomela. All have been considered conspecific in the past.

Subspecies

Three subspecies recognized:

  • M. e. eichhorni on New Georgia, Rendova, Vangunu and Kolombangara islands
  • M. e. ganongae on Ranongga (Solomon Islands)
  • M. e. atrata on Solomon Islands (Vellalavella and Baga)

Habitat

Found in primary and tall secondary forest. Also at forest edge in village gardens, coconut plantations and groves. On Kolombangara found in all habitats with shrubs and trees.
Occurs from sea-level up to 1500 m, most abundant at higher altitudes on Kolombangara.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds on nectar but visits also ant-plants at high altitudes. Forages in small parties or in mixed-species feeding flocks in the canopy or in understorey.

Breeding

Juveniles seen in late August. No other information available.

Movements

No information available.

Reference

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.2). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2015)

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