Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Black Honeyeater (Sugomel nigrum)


French: Myzomèle cravaté German: Trauerhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero blanquinegro

Myzomela nigra


, 1838,

interior of New South Wales, Australia




Australia from W coast E, largely S of c. 19° S, to W slopes of Great Divide; typically absent from larger desert regions (e.g. Simpson Desert), Nullarbor Plain, and moister coastal and subcoastal areas of SW, S & SE.

Descriptive notes

10–13 cm; male 9·5–11 g, female 8·5–12 g. Male is strikingly pied, with head, neck and upperparts mostly black and underbody mostly white,... read more


During breeding, male gives two-note whistle, "pee-pee", in display-flight, also distinctive high-... read more


Arid and semi-arid low, open woodlands and shrublands, often dominated by Acacia,... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar (particularly of emu-bush, but also wide range of other plants) and small insects. Forages in shrubs, in crowns of trees, mostly... read more


Jul–Dec, mostly Aug–Nov, possibly starting and finishing slightly earlier in W Australia; also Mar in Queensland; apparently... read more


Generally considered migratory, with seasonal trends in numbers in a given area; suggestion that... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widely but sparsely distributed, and locally common. Recorded densities of 0·07–1·08 birds/ha. May be adversely affected by loss... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Black Honeyeater (Sugomel nigrum). 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).