Tag Archives: Myzomela

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.



[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



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


Myzomela nigriventris Peale

Black-bellied Honeyeater (Myzomela nigriventris)

The Black-bellied Honeyeater is still regarded as a subspecies of the Cardinal Honeyeater (Myzomela cardinalis (Gmelin)), which, in view of the distribution of these two species, makes no sense.

In fact this bird is an endemic species of the Samoan Islands. It, however, seems to be restricted to the three largest islands, Savai’i, Tutuila and ‘Upolu, where it is nevertheless very common and can even be found in settled areas.

The Black-bellied Honeyeater is about 12 to 13 cm in length, and shows an conspicuous sexual dimorphism, the males being brightly black and red in colour, while the females are brownish.

The bird feeds on nectar, but takes also various insects and other small invertebrates like snails etc..

The Samoan name of the bird is segasegamau’u. [1]



[1] Ulf Beichle; Sabine Baumann: Die Landvögel der Samoa-Inseln. Übersee-Museum Bremen 2003



Photo: Tavita Togia

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