Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Black-bellied Myzomela (Myzomela erythromelas)


French: Myzomèle à ventre noir German: Flammenkopf-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero ventrinegro

Myzomela erythromelas


, 1881,

New Britain


Relationships uncertain; further study required. Monotypic.


New Britain, in Bismarck Archipelago.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; male 7–9 g, female 6·5–7·5 g, mean of 46 unsexed birds 8 g. Tiny short-tailed honeyeater. Male is striking, wholly black, except for... read more


Calls include rapid “tsi-tsi-tsi…”, fine, thin, squeaky notes, and a seesawing... read more


Primary forest, forest edge and secondary growth, and fairly common in clearings and gardens; in... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, probably also small arthropods. Forages mainly in outer foliage of crowns of trees, but lower at forest edge and in secondary... read more


Fledged juveniles seen in early Jul. Nest an open cup, one suspended in dense tendrils of vine. No other relevant information.   read more


No information; probably resident, with local movements to exploit flowering of foodplants, this... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in New Britain and New Ireland EBA. Locally common to fairly common. Widespread and common in W New Britain, and... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Black-bellied Myzomela (Myzomela erythromelas). 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 27 January 2020).