Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Banded Honeyeater (Cissomela pectoralis)


French: Méliphage à collier German: Brustband-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero bandeado

Myzomela pectoralis


, 1841,

Kimberley Division, Western Australia


Together with Sugomel nigrum often placed in Certhionyx because of similarities in external appearance to Certhionyx variegatus; however, various DNA studies#R#R#R indicate that the three species are unrelated. Monotypic.


N Western Australia (S to about Broome, including a few inshore islands, e.g. Sir Graham Moore, Boongaree and Sunday I) E through Top End of Northern Territory (S to Barkly Tableland) to N Queensland (S to Atherton Tableland–Burdekin R–Hughenden).

Descriptive notes

11–13·5 cm; male 7·8–11·4 g, female 7·2–13 g. Breeding plumage is mostly black above and white below, with neat black cap (... read more


Buzzing call notes, given constantly; high-pitched double whistle; single loud whistle, sometimes... read more


Mainly open or savanna eucalypt woodlands or forests, dominated by such species as variable-barked... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly nectar; also arthropods (mainly insects, also spiders), and seeds. In NW Australia, seen to feed on flowers that provided best... read more


Season Nov–Jul/Aug, with eggs or laying recorded Nov, Feb–Mar, May and Jul. Nest small and cup-shaped, made of grass, strips of... read more


Not well known. Widely described as nomadic or dispersive. Abundance or occurrence appears seasonal... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to locally common. In Northern Territory, recorded densities of 0·2–1·6 birds/ha in Kakadu National Park; and in Yinberrie... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Banded Honeyeater (Cissomela pectoralis). 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 15 December 2019).