(Meliphagidae; Ϯ Kadavu Honeyeater M. provocator) Portmanteau of genus Meliphaga Lewin, 1808, honeyeater, and specific name Ptilotis provocator Layard, 1875; "Meliphacator Mathews, Bull. Brit. Orn. Club, vol. xlv. p. 93. 1925 [name not published here].  Type (by original designation): Ptilotis provocator Layard." (Mathews 1930).
Var. Meliphactor.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 January 2019).