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 (187)

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

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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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