Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Barred Honeyeater (Gliciphila undulata)


French: Méliphage barré German: Sperberhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero barrado

Certhia undulata


, 1787,

no locality = New Caledonia


Previously placed in Glycifohia; alternatively, on occasion, in Guadalcanaria. Monotypic.


New Caledonia.

Descriptive notes

16–20 cm; one female 16 g. Distinctively marked honeyeaterwith long, slender and fairly strongly decurved bill. Top of head, hindneck and side of neck are dark olive-... read more


Flute-like whistle, "phew", sometimes of 2–3 or more syllables, often preceded by... read more


Primary rainforest, tall secondary growth and maquis (scrubland) vegetation; also in gardens and... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar (including of Geissois and Grevillea), small insects, some fruit. Acrobatic, hanging and clambering about flowers... read more


Breeds Aug–Jan. Nest cup-shaped, made of dead grasses and ferns, with soft woolly lining (probably of sedge inflorescences), or lined... read more


Nothing known; probably sedentary, with some local movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in New Caledonia EBA. Described as not uncommon or as common in all humid habitats in New Caledonia. First nest not... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Barred Honeyeater (Gliciphila undulata). 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).