Puffbacked meliphaga

Meliphaga aruensis

TAXONOMY

Meliphaga auriculata Salvadori, 1881, Utanata River, New Guinea.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Puff-backed honeyeater; French: Meliphage bouffant; German: Aruhonigfresser; Spanish: Melifago de Lomo Inflado.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

6.7 in (17 cm); 1.1 oz (30 g). Olive-green upperparts with narrow yellowish rictal spot on sides of head; blackish lores; and gray underparts washed yellow, darker on flanks. Feet dull gray, bill blackish brown.

DISTRIBUTION

New Guinea from sea level to 4,000 ft (1,200 m), Aru, Yapen, West Papuan, D'Entrecasteaux, and Trobriand Islands.

HABITAT

Lowland rainforest, especially in dense regrowth after disturbance in both secondary and primary forest.

BEHAVIOR

Shy, usually hidden and very hard to identify from several similar meliphagas with which they may occur. Voice is a rapid series of mellow staccato notes.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Take fruit, nectar, and insects by gleaning in the understory and lower canopy.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Breeding recorded March through April and August through December. The cup-shaped nest of dead leaves and bark is sus pended in shrub or sapling. Female incubates one or two eggs, and both adults feed young.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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