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Red-headed Honeyeater

(Myzomela erythrocephala)
Alternate name(s): "Mangrove Red-head", "Bloodbird*", "Myzomela*"
Size: 11-13 cm; wing span 17-19 cm
Weight: 6-11 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red-headed Honeyeater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "erythrocephala"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Frontal view of a preening male Red-headed Honeyeater; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 26 July 2018
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Channel Island Road, Darwin, NT, July 2018]

Near-frontal view of a male Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Near-frontal view of a male Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Lateral view of a male Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2012]

Near-dorsal view of a male Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Near Dripstone Cliffs, Darwin, NT, December 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a male Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Near Dripstone Cliffs, Darwin, NT, December 2017]

Dorsal view of a male Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Near Dripstone Cliffs, Darwin, NT, December 2017]

Ventral view of a male Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Channel Island Road, Darwin, NT, July 2018]

Frontal view of a male Red-headed Honeyeater at take-off (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Stand-off between a male Red-headed Honeyeater and a White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

White-throated Honeyeater gaining the upper hand against a male Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Female Red-headed Honeyeater hanging off a vine (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Near-lateral view of a female Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Lateral view of a female Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a female Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Dorsal view of a female Red-headed Honeyeater (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Food, Diet

Male Red-headed Honeyeater checking whether it is safe to feed...
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

... and here seen dipping into the flower of a mangrove
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a male Red-headed Honeyeater taking nectar from a flower - note the prominent red rump (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jingili Water Gardens, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Male Red-headed Honeyeater taking nectar from a flower (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Female Red-headed Honeyeater taking nectar from flowering mangrove (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

redhhon_20140816_2.m4a erythrocephala
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call © MD
redhhon_20140816_6.m4a erythrocephala
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call © MD
redhhon_20140816_3.mp3 erythrocephala
(Darwin, NT)
Extended contact call? © MD
redhhon_20140816_3.m4a erythrocephala
(Darwin, NT)
Q&A © MD
redhhon_20140820.mp3 erythrocephala
(Darwin, NT)
Answering call © MD
redhhon_20140816_5.mp3 erythrocephala
(Darwin, NT)
Squabbling © MD
redhhon_20140816.m4a erythrocephala
(Darwin, NT)
Various © MD
redhhon_20140816_4.mp3 erythrocephala
(Darwin, NT)
Various © MD
redhhon_pb_20180726.m4a erythrocephala
(Darwin, NT)
? © PB
redhhon_20140817.mp3 erythrocephala
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD

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