Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Dark-brown Honeyeater (Lichmera incana) - HBW 13, p. 662

French: Méliphage à oreillons gris German: Grauohr-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero Orejigrís
Other common names: Grey-eared/Loyalty (Islands)/Silver-eared(!) Honeyeater

Taxonomy: Certhia incana Latham, 1790, New Caledonia.
Forms a superspecies with L. limbata and L. indistincta. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • griseoviridis Salomonsen, 1966 - C Vanuatu, including Malakula, Ambrym, Paama, Lopévi, Epi, Tongoa, Tongariki, Emae, Makura, Mai, Nguna and Éfaté.
  • flavotincta (G. R. Gray, 1870) - Erromango, in S Vanuatu.
  • poliotis (G. R. Gray, 1859) - Beautemps Beaupré, Ouvéa and Lifou, in Loyalty Is.

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  • griseoviridis Salomonsen, 1966 - C Vanuatu, including Malakula, Ambrym, Paama, Lopévi, Epi, Tongoa, Tongariki, Emae, Makura, Mai, Nguna and Éfaté.
  • flavotincta (G. R. Gray, 1870) - Erromango, in S Vanuatu.
  • poliotis (G. R. Gray, 1859) - Beautemps Beaupré, Ouvéa and Lifou, in Loyalty Is.
  • mareensis Salomonsen, 1966 - Maré, in Loyalty Is.
  • incana (Latham, 1790) - New Caledonia.