Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Black Honeyeater (Sugomel nigrum)


Taxonomy

French: Myzomèle cravaté German: Trauerhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero blanquinegro
Taxonomy:

Myzomela nigra

Gould

, 1838,

interior of New South Wales, Australia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60345 on 16 September 2019).