Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Black-chinned Honeyeater (Melithreptus gularis)


French: Méliphage à menton noir German: Schwarzkinn-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero barbinegro

Hæmatops gularis


, 1837,

interior of New South Wales, Australia


Commonly considered conspecific with M. laetior (which see). See also M. validirostris. Monotypic.


E Queensland (from S of Cape York Peninsula) S to N foothills of Great Divide in N & NC Victoria; SE South Australia (Fleurieu Peninsula and S Mt Lofty Ranges).

Descriptive notes

14–16·5 cm; 18·5–23·2 g, male 20·5–22·5 g, one female 19 g. Adult has neat black cap covering most of top and sides of head and neck, arc of bare bright blue skin over top of... read more


Noisy, calling often, loudly and throughout year, more so when breeding; voice clear and ringing.... read more


Mainly open eucalypt forests and woodlands. In E & S Australia, mainly in forests and woodlands... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly nectar and invertebrates (mostly insects, but also spiders); sometimes honeydew (occasionally reliant on it in summer), and very... read more


Recorded in all months except May but mainly austral spring, with estimated start of clutches Jan–Feb and Aug–Sept in NE (where... read more


Mainly resident; sometimes considered nomadic, and changes in numbers or apparent movements... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rather uncommon but generally widespread. No estimates of total population, but recorded densities of up to 0·1–0... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L., Ford, H. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Black-chinned Honeyeater (Melithreptus gularis). 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).