A new Myzomela honeyeater (Meliphagidae) from the highlands of Alor Island, Indonesia

Mohammad Irham, Hidayat Ashari, Suparno, Colin R. Trainor, Philippe Verbelen, Meng Yue Wu, Frank E. Rheindt

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    We here describe a new species of Myzomela honeyeater from the Lesser Sunda island of Alor (southeast Indonesia). The new species is phylogenetically most closely related to Myzomela kuehni from the adjacent island of Wetar and most closely resembles that species in plumage. However, it differs in important morphological, bioacoustic and ecological characteristics. The discovery of a new bird species on Alor is of great biogeographic importance and elevates this island to the status of an Endemic Bird Area. The new Alor Myzomela is restricted to montane eucalypt woodland mostly above 900 m elevation and is currently known from few sites across the island. Based on its occurrence records and human population trends in the highlands of Alor Island, we recommend classification under the IUCN threat status endangered.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)313-324
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Ornithology
    Issue number1
    Early online date5 Oct 2019
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


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