Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Bar-breasted Honeyeater (Ramsayornis fasciatus)


French: Méliphage fascié German: Wellenbrust-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero pechibarrado

Glyciphila fasciata


, 1843,

Port Essington, Northern Territory, Australia


Suggestions that populations from E Australia are intermediate between present species and R. modestus are not supported by any studies. No significant regional variation in plumage and size; proposed races apsleyi (Melville I) and broomei (Napier Broome Bay, in Kimberley Division) insufficiently distinct. Monotypic.


N Western Australia (Kimberley Division), Melville I and Top End of Northern Territory E to S Gulf of Carpentaria and N & E Queensland (Cape York Peninsula S to Atherton, and S on E coast to Rockhampton).

Descriptive notes

13–14·5 cm; 12·5 g. Small rather plump honeyeater with short tail. Has top of head black, boldly scalloped white, narrow white supercilium (often finely... read more


Rather quiet. Song a metallic, pleasant chatter. Main call a soft mewing “shrr, shrr”... read more


Seasonally inundated riparian paperbark (Melaleuca) forest and woodland bordering swamps... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly nectar and invertebrates (mostly insects, also spiders). Forages at all levels, among foliage of crowns, in vines and shrubs,... read more


Season broadly late spring to winter, with eggs recorded Nov–Jul and nestlings Feb–May, Jul and Sept; in Top End breeds almost... read more


Probably largely resident. No seasonal movements observed. Vagrants recorded S of main range.... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common. No estimates of global population; recorded densities of 0·5–0·16 birds/ha.  

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Bar-breasted Honeyeater (Ramsayornis fasciatus). 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 20 November 2019).