Wattled smoky honeyeater

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Wattled smoky honeyeater
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Meliphagidae
Genus: Melipotes
Species: M. carolae
Binomial name
Melipotes carolae
Beehler et al., 2007[1]

The wattled smoky honeyeater or Foja honeyeater (Melipotes carolae) is a species of honeyeater with a sooty-grey plumage and a black bill.[2] 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.

An Indonesian endemic, this honeyeater was discovered in December 2005. It is found in remote montane forests of Foja Mountains range, Western New Guinea at an altitude over 1,150 metres.

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.

The bird is named after the wife of Bruce Beehler, Carol Beehler.[3]


  1. ^ Beehler, B.; Prawiradilaga, D.; de Fretes, Y. & Kemp, N. (2007). "A new species of smoky honeyeater (Meliphagidae: Melipotes) from western New Guinea" (PDF). The Auk. 124 (3): 1000–1009. doi:10.1642/0004-8038(2007)124[1000:ANSOSH]2.0.CO;2. 
  2. ^ Lost World of New Species Found in Indonesia. news.nationalgeographic.com. February 2006
  3. ^ Scientists Discover ‘Lost World’ in New Guinea. pbs.org. 10 March 2006

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