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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Honeyeaters

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Meliphagidae

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The large and diverse family of honeyeaters is found in Australia, New Guinea, some Lesser Sunda Islands, New Zealand and many islands in the South Pacific. West of the Wallace Line, which runs between Bali and Lombok, there is only one species of honeyeaters. They have a length of 10 cm to 35 cm. Most species have a long, curved beak and a brush-like tongue that specializes in collecting nectar. In addition to nectar, honeyeaters also eat insects, berries and fruits to a lesser extent. For some plants, they take on the task of transferring pollen. The nests are built from plant parts on trees or in bushes. The clutch usually contains a maximum of two eggs. The altricial young are looked after by both parents.

Myza

     celebensis - Dark-eared Myza (2)
     sarasinorum - White-eared Myza (2)

Acanthorhynchus

     tenuirostris - Eastern Spinebill (4)
     superciliosus - Western Spinebill (1)

Certhionyx

     variegatus - Pied Honeyeater (2)

Pycnopygius

     ixoides - Plain Honeyeater (1)
     cinereus - Marbled Honeyeater (2)
     stictocephalus - Streak-headed Honeyeater (1)

Prosthemadera

     novaeseelandiae - Tui (4)

Anthornis

     melanura - New Zealand Bellbird (3)
     melanocephala - Chatham Island Bellbird (3)

Oreornis

     chrysogenys - Orange-cheeked Honeyeater (1)

Meliphaga

     aruensis - Puff-backed Honeyeater (1)
     notata - Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (4)
     lewinii - Lewin's Honeyeater (2)
     albonotata - Scrub Honeyeater (4)
     orientalis - Hill-forest Honeyeater (1)
     analoga - Mimic Honeyeater (2)
     montana - Forest Honeyeater (1)
     mimikae - Mottle-breasted Honeyeater
     flavirictus - Yellow-gaped Honeyeater
     albilineata - White-lined Honeyeater (1)
     fordiana - Kimberley Honeyeater (1)
     reticulata - Streaky-breasted Honeyeater (1)
     vicina - Tagula Honeyeater
     gracilis - Graceful Honeyeater (3)
     cinereifrons - Elegant Honeyeater

Stomiopera

     flava - Yellow Honeyeater (2)
     unicolor - White-gaped Honeyeater (2)

Purnella

     albifrons - White-fronted Honeyeater (4)

Caligavis

     chrysops - Yellow-faced Honeyeater (4)
     subfrenata - Black-throated Honeyeater (1)
     obscura - Obscure Honeyeater

Lichenostomus

     melanops - Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (3)
     cratitius - Purple-gaped Honeyeater (1)

Manorina

     melanophrys - Bell Miner (2)
     melanocephala - Noisy Miner (4)
     flavigula - Yellow-throated Miner (3)
     melanotis - Black-eared Miner (1)

Melidectes

     fuscus - Sooty Honeyeater
     nouhuysi - Short-bearded Honeyeater
     princeps - Long-bearded Honeyeater
     torquatus - Ornate Honeyeater (2)
     ochromelas - Cinnamon-browed Honeyeater (1)
     leucostephes - White-capped Honeyeater (1)
     foersteri - Huon Honeyeater
     belfordi - Belford's Honeyeater (1)
     rufocrissalis - Yellow-browed Honeyeater (1)

Bolemoreus

     frenatus - Bridled Honeyeater (6)
     hindwoodi - Eungella Honeyeater (1)

Acanthagenys

     rufogularis - Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (5)

Anthochaera

     chrysoptera - Little Wattlebird (3)
     lunulata - Western Wattlebird (4)
     phrygia - Regent Honeyeater (3)
     carunculata - Red Wattlebird (6)
     paradoxa - Yellow Wattlebird (3)

Gavicalis

     versicolor - Varied Honeyeater (2)
     fasciogularis - Mangrove Honeyeater (1)
     virescens - Singing Honeyeater (6)

Ptilotula

     ornata - Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (2)
     penicillata - White-plumed Honeyeater (2)
     flavescens - Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (1)
     fusca - Fuscous Honeyeater (2)
     keartlandi - Grey-headed Honeyeater (1)
     plumula - Yellow-fronted Honeyeater (1)

Stresemannia

     bougainvillei - Bougainville Honeyeater

Ramsayornis

     modestus - Brown-backed Honeyeater (4)
     fasciatus - Bar-breasted Honeyeater (4)

Conopophila

     albogularis - Rufous-banded Honeyeater (3)
     rufogularis - Rufous-throated Honeyeater (1)
     whitei - Grey Honeyeater (1)

Ashbyia

     lovensis - Gibberbird (3)

Epthianura

     crocea - Yellow Chat (2)
     tricolor - Crimson Chat (6)
     aurifrons - Orange Chat (3)
     albifrons - White-fronted Chat (5)

Melipotes

     gymnops - Bare-eyed Honeyeater (1)
     fumigatus - Smoky Honeyeater (3)
     carolae - Wattled Smoky Honeyeater
     ater - Spangled Honeyeater (2)

Macgregoria

     pulchra - Macgregor's Lappetface (4)

Melilestes

     megarhynchus - Long-billed Honeyeater (2)

Timeliopsis

     fulvigula - Olive Straightbill (3)
     griseigula - Tawny Straightbill (4)

Sugomel

     nigrum - Black Honeyeater (4)

Vosea

     whitemanensis - Gilliard's Honeyeater

Myzomela

     blasii - Drab Myzomela (1)
     albigula - White-chinned Myzomela (2)
     eques - Ruby-throated Myzomela (1)
     cineracea - Ashy Myzomela (1)
     obscura - Dusky Myzomela (5)
     cruentata - Red Myzomela (1)
     nigrita - Black Myzomela (3)
     pulchella - Crimson-fronted Myzomela
     kuehni - Crimson-hooded Myzomela (1)
     erythrocephala - Red-headed Myzomela (2)
     dammermani - Sumba Myzomela
     adolphinae - Midget Myzomela (1)
     chloroptera - Sulawesi Myzomela (3)
     wakoloensis - Wakolo Myzomela (2)
     boiei - Banda Myzomela (3)
     caledonica - New Caledonian Myzomela (1)
     sanguinolenta - Scarlet Myzomela (3)
     rubratra - Micronesian Myzomela (1)
     cardinalis - Cardinal Myzomela (1)
     nigriventris - Samoan Myzomela (1)
     chermesina - Rotuma Myzomela (1)
     sclateri - Scarlet-bibbed Myzomela (1)
     pammelaena - Ebony Myzomela (1)
     lafargei - Red-capped Myzomela (1)
     eichhorni - Crimson-rumped Myzomela (1)
     malaitae - Red-vested Myzomela
     melanocephala - Black-headed Myzomela (1)
     tristrami - Sooty Myzomela
     jugularis - Sulphur-breasted Myzomela (1)
     erythromelas - Splendid Myzomela (3)
     vulnerata - Black-breasted Myzomela (1)
     rosenbergii - Red-collared Myzomela (3)

Gliciphila

     undulata - Barred Honeyeater (3)
     melanops - Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (2)
     notabilis - White-bellied Honeyeater

Glycichaera

     fallax - Green-backed Honeyeater (2)

Ptiloprora

     plumbea - Leaden Honeyeater (1)
     meekiana - Olive-streaked Honeyeater
     erythropleura - Rufous-sided Honeyeater (1)
     mayri - Mayr's Honeyeater
     guisei - Rufous-backed Honeyeater (1)
     perstriata - Grey-streaked Honeyeater (1)

Cissomela

     pectoralis - Banded Honeyeater (4)

Lichmera

     lombokia - Scaly-crowned Honeyeater (1)
     argentauris - Olive Honeyeater (2)
     indistincta - Brown Honeyeater (2)
     limbata - Indonesian Honeyeater (2)
     incana - Grey-eared Honeyeater (1)
     squamata - Scaly-breasted Honeyeater (2)
     alboauricularis - Silver-eared Honeyeater (1)
     deningeri - Buru Honeyeater
     monticola - Seram Honeyeater (2)
     flavicans - Flame-eared Honeyeater (1)
     notabilis - Black-necklaced Honeyeater

Phylidonyris

     pyrrhopterus - Crescent Honeyeater (4)
     novaehollandiae - New Holland Honeyeater (5)
     niger - White-cheeked Honeyeater (3)

Trichodere

     cockerelli - White-streaked Honeyeater (3)

Nesoptilotis

     leucotis - White-eared Honeyeater (4)
     flavicollis - Yellow-throated Honeyeater (2)

Entomyzon

     cyanotis - Blue-faced Honeyeater (7)

Melithreptus

     albogularis - White-throated Honeyeater (3)
     chloropsis - Gilbert's Honeyeater (1)
     lunatus - White-naped Honeyeater (3)
     affinis - Black-headed Honeyeater (1)
     brevirostris - Brown-headed Honeyeater (1)
     gularis - Black-chinned Honeyeater (3)
     validirostris - Strong-billed Honeyeater (3)

Meliarchus

     sclateri - Graceless Honeyeater (1)

Guadalcanaria

     inexpectata - Guadalcanal Honeyeater

Meliphacator

     provocator - Kadavu Honeyeater (2)

Gymnomyza

     viridis - Yodeling Honeyeater (1)
     brunneirostris - Duetting Giant-Honeyeater (1)
     samoensis - Mao (2)
     aubryana - Crow Honeyeater (2)

Foulehaio

     procerior - Western Wattled-Honeyeater (2)
     carunculatus - Wattled Honeyeater (3)
     taviunensis - Northern Wattled-Honeyeater (1)

Xanthotis

     flaviventer - Tawny-breasted Honeyeater (2)
     polygrammus - Spotted Honeyeater (2)
     macleayanus - Macleay's Honeyeater (1)

Plectorhyncha

     lanceolata - Striped Honeyeater (2)

Grantiella

     picta - Painted Honeyeater (2)

Melitograis

     gilolensis - White-streaked Friarbird (1)

Philemon

     citreogularis - Little Friarbird (3)
     meyeri - Meyer's Friarbird (2)
     inornatus - Timor Friarbird (1)
     kisserensis - Grey Friarbird
     brassi - Brass's Friarbird
     fuscicapillus - Dusky Friarbird
     moluccensis - Black-faced Friarbird (1)
     subcorniculatus - Seram Friarbird (1)
     eichhorni - New Ireland Friarbird
     buceroides - Helmeted Friarbird (7)
     albitorques - White-naped Friarbird (1)
     cockerelli - New Britain Friarbird (1)
     argenticeps - Silver-crowned Friarbird (1)
     corniculatus - Noisy Friarbird (5)
     diemenensis - New Caledonian Friarbird (2)

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