Meliphagidae – Honeyeaters

Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) by Ian at Birdway

Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) by Ian at Birdway

How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalms 119:103 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Meliphagidae – Honeyeaters

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Species (188)

Black Honeyeater (Sugomel niger)
Drab Myzomela (Myzomela blasii)
White-chinned Myzomela (Myzomela albigula)
Ashy Myzomela (Myzomela cineracea)
Ruby-throated Myzomela (Myzomela eques)
Dusky Myzomela (Myzomela obscura)
Red Myzomela (Myzomela cruentata)
Papuan Black Myzomela (Myzomela nigrita)
New Ireland Myzomela (Myzomela pulchella)
Crimson-hooded Myzomela (Myzomela kuehni)
Red-headed Myzomela (Myzomela erythrocephala)
Sumba Myzomela (Myzomela dammermani)
Rote Myzomela (Myzomela irianawidodoae)
Mountain Myzomela (Myzomela adolphinae)
Banda Myzomela (Myzomela boiei)
Sulawesi Myzomela (Myzomela chloroptera)
Wakolo Myzomela (Myzomela wakoloensis)
Scarlet Myzomela (Myzomela sanguinolenta)
New Caledonian Myzomela (Myzomela caledonica)
Cardinal Myzomela (Myzomela cardinalis)
Rotuma Myzomela (Myzomela chermesina)
Micronesian Myzomela (Myzomela rubratra)
Sclater’s Myzomela (Myzomela sclateri)
Bismarck Black Myzomela (Myzomela pammelaena)
Red-capped Myzomela (Myzomela lafargei)
Crimson-rumped Myzomela (Myzomela eichhorni)
Red-vested Myzomela (Myzomela malaitae)
Black-headed Myzomela (Myzomela melanocephala)
Sooty Myzomela (Myzomela tristrami)
Sulphur-breasted Myzomela (Myzomela jugularis)
Black-bellied Myzomela (Myzomela erythromelas)
Black-breasted Myzomela (Myzomela vulnerata)
Red-collared Myzomela (Myzomela rosenbergii)
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (Gliciphila melanops)
Green-backed Honeyeater (Glycichaera fallax)
Leaden Honeyeater (Ptiloprora plumbea)
Yellowish-streaked Honeyeater (Ptiloprora meekiana)
Rufous-sided Honeyeater (Ptiloprora erythropleura)
Rufous-backed Honeyeater (Ptiloprora guisei)
Mayr’s Honeyeater (Ptiloprora mayri)
Grey-streaked Honeyeater (Ptiloprora perstriata)
Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)
Western Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus superciliosus)
Pied Honeyeater (Certhionyx variegatus)
Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae)
New Zealand Bellbird (Anthornis melanura)
Chatham Bellbird (Anthornis melanocephala)
Plain Honeyeater (Pycnopygius ixoides)
Marbled Honeyeater (Pycnopygius cinereus)
Streak-headed Honeyeater (Pycnopygius stictocephalus)
Banded Honeyeater (Cissomela pectoralis)
Scaly-crowned Honeyeater (Lichmera lombokia)
Olive Honeyeater (Lichmera argentauris)
Indonesian Honeyeater (Lichmera limbata)
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)
Grey-eared Honeyeater (Lichmera incana)
Silver-eared Honeyeater (Lichmera alboauricularis)
Scaly-breasted Honeyeater (Lichmera squamata)
Buru Honeyeater (Lichmera deningeri)
Seram Honeyeater (Lichmera monticola)
Flame-eared Honeyeater (Lichmera flavicans)
Black-necklaced Honeyeater (Lichmera notabilis)
Crescent Honeyeater (Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus)
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris niger)
White-streaked Honeyeater (Trichodere cockerelli)
Painted Honeyeater (Grantiella picta)
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)
Spotted Honeyeater (Xanthotis polygrammus)
Macleay’s Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayanus)
Tawny-breasted Honeyeater (Xanthotis flaviventer)
Kadavu Honeyeater (Xanthotis provocator)
Meyer’s Friarbird (Philemon meyeri)
Brass’s Friarbird (Philemon brassi)
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)
Grey Friarbird (Philemon kisserensis)
Timor Friarbird (Philemon inornatus)
Dusky Friarbird (Philemon fuscicapillus)
Seram Friarbird (Philemon subcorniculatus)
Black-faced Friarbird (Philemon moluccensis)
Tanimbar Friarbird (Philemon plumigenis)
Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides)
New Guinea Friarbird (Philemon novaeguineae)
Hornbill Friarbird (Philemon yorki)
New Britain Friarbird (Philemon cockerelli)
New Ireland Friarbird (Philemon eichhorni)
Manus Friarbird (Philemon albitorques)
Silver-crowned Friarbird (Philemon argenticeps)
Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus)
New Caledonian Friarbird (Philemon diemenensis)
White-streaked Friarbird (Melitograis gilolensis)
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis)
Black-chinned Honeyeater (Melithreptus gularis)
Strong-billed Honeyeater (Melithreptus validirostris)
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus)
Gilbert’s Honeyeater (Melithreptus chloropsis)
Black-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus affinis)
Polynesian Wattled Honeyeater (Foulehaio carunculatus)
Fiji Wattled Honeyeater (Foulehaio taviunensis)
Kikau (Foulehaio procerior)
White-eared Honeyeater (Nesoptilotis leucotis)
Yellow-throated Honeyeater (Nesoptilotis flavicollis)
Gibberbird (Ashbyia lovensis)
Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor)
Orange Chat (Epthianura aurifrons)
Yellow Chat (Epthianura crocea)
White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons)
Long-billed Honeyeater (Melilestes megarhynchus)
MacGregor’s Honeyeater (Macgregoria pulchra)
Arfak Honeyeater (Melipotes gymnops)
Common Smoky Honeyeater (Melipotes fumigatus)
Wattled Smoky Honeyeater (Melipotes carolae)
Spangled Honeyeater (Melipotes ater)
Olive Straightbill (Timeliopsis fulvigula)
Tawny Straightbill (Timeliopsis griseigula)
Rufous-banded Honeyeater (Conopophila albogularis)
Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)
Grey Honeyeater (Conopophila whitei)
Bar-breasted Honeyeater (Ramsayornis fasciatus)
Brown-backed Honeyeater (Ramsayornis modestus)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)
Western Wattlebird (Anthochaera lunulata)
Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata)
Yellow Wattlebird (Anthochaera paradoxa)
Regent Honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia)
Bridled Honeyeater (Bolemoreus frenatus)
Eungella Honeyeater (Bolemoreus hindwoodi)
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Caligavis chrysops)
Black-throated Honeyeater (Caligavis subfrenata)
Obscure Honeyeater (Caligavis obscura)
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops)
Purple-gaped Honeyeater (Lichenostomus cratitius)
Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)
Black-eared Miner (Manorina melanotis)
Makira Honeyeater (Meliarchus sclateri)
Sooty Melidectes (Melidectes fuscus)
Gilliard’s Melidectes (Melidectes whitemanensis)
Short-bearded Melidectes (Melidectes nouhuysi)
Long-bearded Melidectes (Melidectes princeps)
Cinnamon-browed Melidectes (Melidectes ochromelas)
Vogelkop Melidectes (Melidectes leucostephes)
Yellow-browed Melidectes (Melidectes rufocrissalis)
Huon Melidectes (Melidectes foersteri)
Belford’s Melidectes (Melidectes belfordi)
Ornate Melidectes (Melidectes torquatus)
White-fronted Honeyeater (Purnella albifrons)
White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)
Yellow Honeyeater (Stomiopera flava)
Varied Honeyeater (Gavicalis versicolor)
Mangrove Honeyeater (Gavicalis fasciogularis)
Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens)
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens)
Fuscous Honeyeater (Ptilotula fusca)
Grey-headed Honeyeater (Ptilotula keartlandi)
Grey-fronted Honeyeater (Ptilotula plumula)
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula ornata)
White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula penicillata)
Mottle-breasted Honeyeater (Meliphaga mimikae)
Forest Honeyeater (Meliphaga montana)
Mountain Honeyeater (Meliphaga orientalis)
Scrub Honeyeater (Meliphaga albonotata)
Mimic Honeyeater (Meliphaga analoga)
Tagula Honeyeater (Meliphaga vicina)
Graceful Honeyeater (Meliphaga gracilis)
Elegant Honeyeater (Meliphaga cinereifrons)
Yellow-gaped Honeyeater (Meliphaga flavirictus)
White-lined Honeyeater (Meliphaga albilineata)
Kimberley Honeyeater (Meliphaga fordiana)
Streak-breasted Honeyeater (Meliphaga reticulata)
Puff-backed Honeyeater (Meliphaga aruensis)
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata)
Lewin’s Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii)
Guadalcanal Honeyeater (Guadalcanaria inexpectata)
Orange-cheeked Honeyeater (Oreornis chrysogenys)
Yellow-billed Honeyeater (Gymnomyza viridis)
Giant Honeyeater (Gymnomyza brunneirostris)
Mao (Gymnomyza samoensis)
Crow Honeyeater (Gymnomyza aubryana)
Dark-eared Myza (Myza celebensis)
White-eared Myza (Myza sarasinorum)
Bougainville Honeyeater (Stresemannia bougainvillei)
Barred Honeyeater (Glycifohia undulata)
White-bellied Honeyeater (Glycifohia notabilis)


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The honeyeaters are a large and diverse family of small to medium sized birds most common in Australia and New Guinea, but also found in New Zealand, the Pacific islands as far east as Samoa and Tonga, and the islands to the north and west of New Guinea known as Wallacea. Bali, on the other side of the Wallace Line, has a single species.

Honeyeaters and the Australian chats make up the family Meliphagidae. In total there are 184 species in 44 genera, roughly half of them native to Australia, many of the remainder occupying New Guinea.

Unlike the hummingbirds of America, honeyeaters do not have extensive adaptations for hovering flight, though smaller members of the family do hover hummingbird-style to collect nectar from time to time. In general, honeyeaters prefer to flit quickly from perch to perch in the outer foliage, stretching up or sideways or hanging upside down at need. Many genera have a highly developed brush-tipped tongue, longer in some species than others, frayed and fringed with bristles which soak up liquids readily. The tongue is flicked rapidly and repeatedly into a flower, the upper mandible then compressing any liquid out when the bill is closed. These birds are one of only a few birds in the world that can fly backwards. This is because of their special wings. (Wikipedia with editing)

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