Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Black-headed Myzomela (Myzomela melanocephala)


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

Cinnyris melanocephalus

E. P. Ramsay

, 1879,

Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands


See M. pammelaena. Monotypic.


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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 25 February 2020).