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This is a critically endangered, large honeyeater. About 39cm long, all black plumage, a large slightly down curved bill with yellow lower mandible and red wattles around and behind the eye. Legs are pale.
Found loosely scattered around the island of Grande Terre in New Caledonia. This is an endemic species found in humid forest. The greatest number seem to be in the Riviere Bleue area but following PN protocol the exact location has been modified.
Extremely rare and decreasing for the usual reasons of principally predation and habitat loss. Numbers are hard to survey but average estimates have put populations down to less than 250 birds with some as low as 50 birds. I saw this pair by sheer luck as I was looking for Kagu and they literally landed just above my head for a few seconds and then were gone!