Wattled smoky honeyeater
|Wattled Smoky Honeyeater|
Beehler et al., 2007
The Wattled Smoky Honeyeater (Melipotes carolae) is a species of honeyeater with a sooty-grey plumage and a black bill. The most distinctive feature is arguably the extensive reddish-orange facial skin and pendulous wattle. In other members of the genus Melipotes, these sections only appear reddish when "flushed" and the wattle is smaller.
The first bird species found in New Guinea since 1939, the honeyeater was one of over twenty new species discovered by an international team of eleven scientists from Australia, Indonesia and the United States, led by an American ornithologist and Melanesia Conservation International vice-president Bruce Beehler.
Melipotes carolae is depicted in Indonesian stamps issued on November 6, 2006 along with the Golden-fronted Bowerbird, and two palm species native to Mamberamo, Licuala arbuscula and Livistona mamberamoensis.
- Conservation International: Press Releases
- National Geographic article
- BBC News
- Beehler, B., D. Prawiradilaga, Y. de Fretes, & N. Kemp (2007). A new species of smoky honeyeater (Meliphagidae: Melipotes) from western New Guinea. The Auk 124(3): 1000-1009.
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