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Black-throated Honeyeater

Caligavis subfrenata

The black-throated honeyeater, known scientifically as Caligavis subfrenata, is a captivating bird species belonging to the Meliphagidae family. This avian wonder is a resident of New Guinea, where it graces the subtropical and tropical moist montane forests with its presence.

Identification Tips

As its name suggests, this honeyeater features a distinctive black throat, which serves as a key identification marker. Observers should also note its overall plumage and size when identifying this species in its natural habitat.


The black-throated honeyeater is found in the lush, verdant realms of subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. These environments provide the perfect backdrop for this species to thrive and exhibit its natural behaviors.


This species is endemic to New Guinea, an island known for its rich biodiversity and unique ecosystems. The black-throated honeyeater is a testament to the avian treasures that New Guinea has to offer.

Conservation status

BirdLife International has assessed the black-throated honeyeater and classified it as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. This status indicates that, currently, there are no immediate threats to the species' population levels that would warrant a higher degree of concern.

The black-throated honeyeater's story is one of adaptation and survival in the high-altitude forests of New Guinea. As we continue to observe and study this species, we gain a deeper appreciation for the intricate tapestry of life that exists within these forested havens.

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