Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)


Bacan Myzomela (Myzomela batjanensis)


French: Myzomèle de Bacan German: Bacanhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de las Bacan

Myzomela batjanensis

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1903,

Bacan Island


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. chloroptera, but differs in its grey vs red breast (3); entirely whitish-grey lower underparts and wing fringes with no trace of olive-yellow wash (1); slightly smaller size (effect size for male bills –1.28; score 1); and clearly higher-pitched (2) and slightly longer (1) call (although sample size very small). Monotypic.

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Bacan, off SW Halmahera.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm. Compared to M. chloroptera has red of plumage darker and, below, confined to throat and upper breast, with rest of breast olive, except sides (which are... read more


Two vocalizations have been described: a five-note, high-pitched buzz that increases slightly in... read more


Mainly primary montane forest and tall secondary forest. Principally found at 1500–2200 m, but down... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet, but presumably feeds exclusively on nectar, or almost so. Observed alone, in pairs or in small groups, with or... read more


No information.


Possibly moves locally to exploit resources.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: confined to part of a single, comparatively small island within the Northern Maluku EBA. Range (maximum Area of Occupancy) has been... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Bacan Myzomela (Myzomela batjanensis). 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 on 25 February 2020).