The Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela Sanguinolenta) or known as the Crimson Honeyeater, Scarlet Myzomela, Sanguineous Honeyeater or more colloquially, Bloodbird is a honeyeater which is a part of the family meliphagidae that s native to the east coast of Australia, Indonesia and New Caledonia. The male is an incredible striking red with black wings but the female is entirely brown.
It was originally described as Certhia sanguinolenta by ornithologist John Latham in 1802. It is a member of the small genus Myzomela with two other red species, the Red-headed Honeyeater of northern Australia and the Cardinal Honeyeater of Vanuatu, as well as the Dusky Honeyeater. It belongs to the honeyeater family Meliphagidae. More recently, DNA analysis has shown honeyeaters to be related to the Pardalotidae, and the Petroicidae (Australian robins) in a large corvid superfamily; some researchers considering all these families in a broadly defined Corvidae.
The Scarlet Honeyeater is found along the east coast of Australia, from Cook town, Queensland to Gippsland, Victoria, but it is less common south of Sydney, being a summer migrant in the south. It is also found in Sulawesi, the Moluccas and Lesser Sundas, Indonesia and in New Caledonia.
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Distribution and habitat
The Scarlet Honeyeater is found from Melbourne in Victoria north through eastern coastal Australia east of the Great Dividing Range to Cape York. Outside Australia it occurs in Indonesia, where it is found on Sulawesi, the Maluku and Lesser Sunda Islands, and in New Caledonia.
It is found in forested areas and is omnivorous, feeding on insects as well as nectar.
Breeding season is from winter through to summer, with one or two broods a year. The nest consists of a tiny cup of shredded bark with spider web as binding, high up in tree canopy, or even mistletoe. The small eggs are white with the larger end flecked with dull red-brown or grey-purple.
Scarlet Honeyeaters are rarely seen in aviculture. Keeping them successfully requires a large commitment in time and experience. Various State regulations govern the keeping of the species, for instance, in South Australia a Specialist License is required, while in New South Wales a Class 2 licence is required. N.S.W. applicants must have at least 2 years experience keeping birds, and be able to demonstrate that they can provide the appropriate care and housing for the species they wish to obtain.
The late Mr. Neil Tuthill, of Murray Bridge, was awarded an R.W. McKechnie Memorial Medal by The Avicultural Society of South Australia Inc., for the first breeding of the Scarlet Honey-eater in South Australia.