Wattled honeyeater

Wattled honeyeater
Foulehaio carunculatus

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Common name:
Order Passeriformes
Family Meliphagidae

This species is found in the Pacific archipelagos of Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga and Wallis and Futuna.

These birds are 19-21 cm long and weigh 25-45 g.

The wattled honeyeater is mostly found in moist tropical forests, but also uses a wide range of other habitats, including mangroves, coastal forests, second growths, rural gardens and urban areas. They are present from sea level up to an altitude of 1.900 m.

They feed mainly on nectar, but also take various arthropods, including adult and larval insects, and spiders.

Wattled honeyeaters can breed all year round. The nest is woven cup made of grasses, usually well-hidden within the foliage of a tree, where the female lays 1-2 eggs. There is no information regarding the incubation and fledging periods.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a relatively large breeding range and the global population is estimated at 1-2,5 million individuals. The population is suspected to be in decline owing to competition with introduced bird species.

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