Micronesian Myzomela

Myzomela rubratra kobayashii

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Honeyeaters (Meropidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

MYZRUB

ITIS

Egg Color:

Gray-white with small brown spots.



Number of Eggs:

2



Incubation Days:

14 - 16



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

Nest is built in a tree.



Nest Material:

Small twigs, Casuarina tree needles, rootlets and spiderwebs.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Micronesian Myzomela: Small, deep red honeyeater with black belly, vent, wings, and tail. Bit of black around eye and on lores. Rather short, broad wings. Medium, black, sharp, downcurved bill. Medium-length, notched tail. Medium black-gray legs and feet. Feeds on nectar and small insects. Forages for nectar by probing flowers and on insects by picking them off of foliage with its bill.

Breeding and Nesting

Micronesian Myzomela: Two gray-white eggs with small brown spots are laid in a small cup-shaped nest constructed with small twigs, Casuarina tree needles, rootlets, and spiderwebs. The nest is built in a tree and the female incubates the eggs for 14 to 16 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Micronesian Myzomela: Feeds on nectar and small insects. This honeyeater species forages for nectar by using its sharp, downcurved bill to probe a variety of flowers. It is attrcted to red flowers, especially hibiscus, as well as the pale, small flowers of the coconut and betelnut palms. Also takes small insects by picking them off of the foliage and branches of bushes and trees.

Vocalization

Micronesian Myzomela: Most vocal at dawn, though is vocal throughout the day. Calls is a wheezy, slurred whistle followed by a "chip." Song is a complex series of tweets, chirps, and whistles. Also has a raspy scolding call.

Similar Species

Unlikely to be confused with any other species in this range.

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
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Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
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