Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Bougainville Honeyeater (Stresemannia bougainvillei)


French: Méliphage de Bougainville German: Bougainvillehonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Bougainville

Lichmera bougainvillei


, 1932,

Bougainville Island


In past, has variously been placed in Lichmera, Meliphaga, Melilestes and Vosea. Monotypic.


Bougainville I, in N Solomons.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm. Male has head, neck and upperbody drab olive-grey, merging to slightly paler grey on chin and throat, and with fine and diffuse dark olive-brown mottling on... read more


Vocalizations include short series of 4–5 mellow whistled notes, the first rising and falling... read more


Primary montane forest, including cloudforest; described as numerous in mixed bamboo and tree-fern... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and fruit; probably also nectar, but not seen to congregate in flowering trees. Forages in canopy, by gleaning from inner canopy of... read more


One nest described: a substantial cup, interior of neatly woven rootlets and other vegetable fibres, exterior covered with green moss and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Poorly known. Described as reasonably common or generally scarce.  

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Bougainville Honeyeater (Stresemannia bougainvillei). 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).