Purple-gaped Honeyeater (Lichenostomus cratitius) - HBW 13, p. 605
French: Méliphage grimé
Spanish: Mielero de Boqueras
Other common names: Lilac-wattled/(Victorian) Wattle-cheeked/Mountain Purple-gaped Honeyeater
Taxonomy: Ptilotis cratitius Gould, 1841, interior of South Australia and Kangaroo I = Kangaroo I, South Australia.
Probably forms a superspecies with L. keartlandi. Type locality was formerly assumed to be mainland South Australia (either “interior of South Australia” or “Upper Torrens” R), but is, in fact, Kangaroo I; mainland populations thus belong in race occidentalis. Name halmaturinus (type from Kangaroo I) is therefore a synonym of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- occidentalis Cabanis, 1851 - mallee from S Western Australia (area from Wheatbelt E to Kalgoorlie, S to Albany and Cape Arid) E, discontinously, to S South Australia and the SW Murray-Mallee E to NW & NC Victoria.
- cratitius (Gould, 1841) - Kangaroo I, off South Australia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A single Purple-gaped Honeyeater perched in a mallee tree
Locality Monarto, South Australia, Australia
Richard Hall 4 May 2008 3 years ago 3.8
An adult coming to drink at a small pool.
Locality Little Desert National Park, Victoria, Australia (ssp occidentalis)
Ken Havard 25 October 2008 2 years ago 3
A bird perched
Locality Coorong National Park, South Australia, Australia (ssp occidentalis)
Arthur Grosset 28 February 2006 3 years ago 3
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