Myzomela jugularis Peale

Orange-breasted Honeyeater (Myzomela jugularis)

The about 10 cm long Orange-breasted Honeyeater is the smallest breeding bird of the Fijian Islands.

The bird occurs on all islands of the archipelago (with the exception of Rotuma), where it is quite common. It can be found in all kind of habitats, including village gardens and town parks, wherever flowers are to be found.

The sexual dimorphism is not as well-marked as in other species of the genus.

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References:

[1] H. Douglas Pratt; Phillip L. Bruner; Delwyn G. Berrett: A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific. Princeton University Press, 1987

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Photo: Dr. Paddy Ryan; by courtesy of Dr. Paddy Ryan

http://www.ryanphotographic.com

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