Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Streak-breasted Honeyeater (Microptilotis reticulatus)


Taxonomy

French: Méliphage réticulé German: Temminckhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero reticulado
Taxonomy:

Meliphaga reticulata

Temminck

, 1820,

Timor

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In past, sometimes placed in Lichenostomus, and formerly suggested to be close to Xanthotis. Molecular evidence and plumage similarities indicate that it is closely allied to M. albilineatus and M. fordianus#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Timor and Semau, in E Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

c. 15·5 cm. Distinctive medium-small honeyeater with rather short, stout and decurved bill. Male is greyish-olive above, with diffuse blackish loral stripe extending... read more

Voice

Calls consist of a series of 9–10 plaintive and slightly upslurred “wheep” notes... read more

Habitat

Primary and secondary forest, both deciduous and evergreen or semi-evergreen (including monsoon... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes insects and nectar, and possibly fruit. Occurs singly, in twos (probably pairs) and in small groups of 3–6 individuals... read more

Breeding

Estimated laying Mar–Apr and Sept, based on fledgling in late May, dependent juveniles mid-Nov, other juveniles late May and mid-Jun... read more

Movements

Presumably resident, possibly with some local movements.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Timor and Wetar EBA. Generally widespread and common on Timor. No estimates of abundance. Formerly considered... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2017). Streak-breasted Honeyeater (Microptilotis reticulatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/60284 on 20 September 2017).