Micronesian Myzomela

Myzomela rubratra kobayashii

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Honeyeaters (Meropidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

MYZRUB

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Micronesian Myzomela has a small range of just 1,600 square kilometers, occurring on the Northern Mariana Islands and the islands of Palau. This common bird species uses a wide variety of forest and non-forest habitats, including gardens in urban areas. The population size of the Micronesian Myzomela is estimated to be anywhere from 850,00 to 900,000 individuals. This species has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern on account of its large, stable population.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Micronesian Myzomela: Small, deep red honeyeater with black belly, vent, wings, and tail. Bit of black around eye and on lores. Medium, black, sharp, downcurved bill. Medium-length, notched tail. Medium black-gray legs and feet. Female and juvenile like male but duller red plumage. more brown on belly, and more brown-black wings and tail.

 

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Micronesian Myzomela SONGS AND CALLS

Micronesian Myzomela QQ4

High-pitched begging calls of juveniles.

Micronesian Myzomela QQ3

Short, high-pitched begging calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Micronesian Myzomela once had a population in Guam, but it is now almost certainly extinct there. Since this species is an important pollinator, its absence has caused damage to the local ecosystem.
  • These birds are highly territorial and will aggressively defend their territory, both from members of their own species, and from others such as Bridled White-eyes.
  • This species was first described in 1827 in the east Caroline Islands by French ornithologist R. Lesson.
  • A group of honeyeaters is collectively known as a "hive" of honeyeaters.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

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Michael Oberhofer

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