Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis)


French: Méliphage à oreillons bleus German: Blauohr-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero cariazul

Gracula cyanotis


, 1801,

Nova Hollandia = Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Hitherto treated as conspecific with E. albipennis (which see). Race griseigularis formerly referred to by name harterti, but holotype of latter (from Cooktown, in N Queensland) is intergrade between S New Guinea/N Australian population and nominate race of E Australia. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. c. griseigularis van Oort, 1909 – S New Guinea (Trans-Fly and Digoel region, from Merauke E to Wassi Kussa R) and NE Australia (Cape York Peninsula, in N Queensland).
  • E. c. cyanotis (Latham, 1801) – E Australia from base of Cape York Peninsula S (in Queensland E of Thomson–Barcoo Drainage Basin) to NC & NW Victoria (mainly along Murray R and N foothills of Great Divide) and in SE South Australia.
  • Descriptive notes

    26–32·3 cm; male 80–130 g, female 83·5–114·7 g. Distinctive, large, sturdy and full-chested honeyeater with strong, decurved bill,... read more


    Often noisy; one of first birds to call in morning, and calls throughout day, and often in flight.... read more


    Mostly open forests and woodlands, particularly riparian associations. Mainly dry, open sclerophyll... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly arthropods (mostly insects, some spiders) and nectar (often of eucalypts), but also fruit (from native and exotic plants); known to... read more


    Few records from New Guinea, in Feb and Jun, and probably breeds in wet season and early dry season; in Australia recorded in all months,... read more


    Probably resident in New Guinea, where described as locally nomadic. Appears to be largely resident... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in most of large range (estimated at 3,310,000 km²) and population believed to be stable. No estimates of total... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L., Ford, H. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis). 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).