Red myzomela

Myzomela cruentata

TAXONOMY

Myzomela cruentata Meyer, 1875, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Red honeyeater; French: Myzomele vermillion; German: Bluthonigfresser; Spanish: Meloncillo Rojo.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

4 in (11 cm), 0.25-0.30 oz (7-9 g). Small bird with entirely scarlet plumage, with exception of dark undertail and wing coverts.

DISTRIBUTION

Mountains of New Guinea from 2,000-4,800 feet (600-1,500 m), Yapen Island, Bismarck Archipelago. One subspecies in New Guinea and five more on different islands of the Bismarcks.

HABITAT

Rainforest.

BEHAVIOR

Generally quiet and inconspicuous. Emit a high-pitched tseet.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Feed on flowers in tall forest trees as well as in sago. Insects captured in the air and by probing into moss on high tree branches. Typically forage in the forest canopy.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Poorly known.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened; locally common.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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