Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Banda Myzomela (Myzomela boiei)


French: Myzomèle de Banda German: Inselhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de las Banda

Nectarinia (Myzomela) Boiei

S. Müller

, 1843,

Banda Islands, Moluccas


See M. chloroptera. The two subspecies are separated by 350 km of open sea; their treatment as conspecific may require investigation#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. b. boiei (S. Müller, 1843) – Banda Is, in S Moluccas.
  • M. b. annabellae P. L. Sclater, 1883 – Babar and Tanimbar Is (Yamdena, Selaru), in extreme E Lesser Sundas.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–11·5 cm. Male nominate race is distinctive and striking, with head, neck, upper breast and mantle to uppertail-coverts scarlet-red, forming broad stripe down... read more




    Mainly primary closed forest and tall secondary forest, secondary woodland, lightly wooded farmland... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seen singly, in twos (probably pairs) and, occasionally, in small flocks. No other information.  


    In Banda Is, nests with eggs and with nestlings recorded in Sept, and recently fledged young late Apr. No other information.  


    Possibly locally nomadic.  

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Banda Sea Islands EBA. Very poorly known. Described as moderately common in Tanimbar Is.  

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Banda Myzomela (Myzomela boiei). 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 28 February 2020).