Australian Museum Journal Notes on the Varied Honey-eater (Ptilotis versicolor, Gould)

Shortform:
North, 1905, Rec. Aust. Mus. 6(1): 29–30
Author(s):
North, Alfred J.
Year published:
1905
Title:
Notes on the Varied Honey-eater (Ptilotis versicolor, Gould)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
6
Issue:
1
Start page:
29
End page:
30
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.6.1905.986
Language:
English
Plates:
plate v, figure 3
Date published:
15 June 1905
Cover date:
15 June 1905
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
06 August 2009
Reference number:
986
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (108kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (609kb PDF)

Abstract

The Varied Honey-eater was described by Gould in 1842 from a single specimen contained in a collection of bird skins from Northern Australia, and was for many years regarded as a rare species. It is an inhabitant of the coastal districts and adjacent islands of Northern and North-eastern Queensland and Southern New Guinea, and is also found on some of the intermediate islands of Torres Strait. Off the coast of North-eastern Queensland, MacGillivray obt!ained this species on Dunk Island, and Elsey on Albany Island. Many specimens were procured by the "Chevert" Expedition, fitted out by the late Sir William Macleay, since when it has been obtained by various collectors both in New Guinea and Australia.

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