Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Black-headed Myzomela (Myzomela melanocephala)


Taxonomy

French: Myzomèle à tête noire German: Savohonigfresser Spanish: Mielero cabecinegro
Taxonomy:

Cinnyris melanocephalus

E. P. Ramsay

, 1879,

Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

.

See M. pammelaena. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Guadalcanal, Savo and Nggela, in EC Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; male 11–14 g, female 10–12·5 g. Male is predominantly rich olive above and on side of neck and breast, with partial glossy black mask... read more

Voice

Rather quiet. Short, sharp high-pitched “chiip-chiip” or loud, rather musial piping... read more

Habitat

Primary forest, forest edge, tall secondary forest, and modified habitats including gardens. Sea-... read more

Food and feeding

Few data on diet; stomachs found to contain insects (mostly small, but one large soft-bodied insect 12·5 mm long). Seen to peck... read more

Breeding

Newly fledged and still downy young observed mid-Nov. No other information.  

Movements

Probably resident.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Very poorly known or, at least, poorly described in literature. Considered common within small... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Black-headed Myzomela (Myzomela melanocephala). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60370 on 22 September 2019).