Wild Birds

Macgregor’s Bird of Paradise or Macgregor’s Giant Honeyeater and Ochre-winged Honeyeater

Macgregor’s Bird of Paradise or Macgregor’s Giant Honeyeater and Ochre-winged Honeyeater

 

The Macgregor’s Bird of Paradise, Macgregoria pulchra, also known as Macgregor’s Giant Honeyeater and Ochre-winged Honeyeater, is a monogamous species that inhabits the subalpine forests of New Guinea. It is the only member of the genus Macgregoria.

The name commemorates its discoverer, the administrator of British New Guinea Sir William MacGregor.

This puzzling and little-known species has traditionally been considered a Bird of Paradise but is actually a honeyeater.

Recent genetic evidence on the Macgregor’s Giant Honeyeater confirms that it belongs to the Meliphagidae family. It is similar and closely related to the Smoky Honeyeater.

Description

This is a large (up to 40cm long) black crow-like bird with large orange-yellow eye-wattles and black-tipped ochre primary wing feathers.

Males and females look alike, with the male being slightly larger than the female.

Diet / Feeding

The diet consists mainly of fruits.

Status

Due to its small and declining population, the Macgregor’s Giant Honeyeater is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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