Large, mostly black honeyeater that is now rare and local in remnant patches of primary forest. Black plumage accentuated by patches of bright red facial skin. More likely to be mistaken for a New Caledonian Crow than other species of honeyeater on the island, however the more heavily-built crow lacks the red facial skin and has a notably thicker bill than the honeyeater. Not very vocal; the loud, ringing song is mostly heard during a short period in the breeding season (September-October). Also gives a harsh, crow-like rasping call.
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