Mangrove and Varied Honeyeater

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Subject: Mangrove and Varied Honeyeater
From: Ivor Preston <>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:31:53 +1000
Can anyone advise what we should call the birds of this group in the
immediate vicinity of Townsville? Just south of the Ross River, the birds
look like yellow washed Mangrove H. Whereas the birds in a population
within 5km north of Ross River appear to be very lightly washed with a
Yellow tint. The only useful reference in a Google search was a 1978
article in EMU by J Ford as follows:-
*Intergradation between the Varied and Mangrove Honeyeaters
J Ford  Emu 78(2) 71 - 74*
*Honeyeaters from mangroves near Townsville, central coastal Queensland,
are intermediate in coloration between the Varied Honeyeater Lichenostomus
(= Meliphaga) versicolor and the Mangrove Honeyeater L. fasciogularis. This
information taken in conjunction with the similarity of their calls and
ecology suggests that these taxa may be conspecific.*
Has there been any further work on this subject?
In the mean time, perhaps we can call them Maried Honeyeaters!


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