Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Bridled Honeyeater (Bolemoreus frenatus)


French: Méliphage bridé German: Buntschnabel-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero embridado

Ptilotis frenata

E. P. Ramsay

, 1874,

Cardwell, north Queensland, Australia


Sister to B. hindwoodi#R, and previously considered conspecific. Monotypic.


NE Queensland on E Great Divide from Mt Amos (S of Cooktown) S to S Paluma Range and Mt Elliot (SW of Townsville), including coastal islands and extending inland to Windsor and Atherton Tablelands, in NE Australia.

Descriptive notes

20–22 cm; male 34–43 g female 28·4–32 g, unsexed 28–44 g. Plumage is dark grey-brown above, merging to blackish-brown lores and blackish malar... read more


Rather quiet, though flocks in flowering trees can be noisy. Song described as rippling chirps run... read more


Mainly higher-altitude tropical rainforests, including regrowth rainforest, but recorded also in... read more

Food and feeding

Includes insects, nectar and fruit. In Paluma Range, diet changed from mainly nectarivorous in dry season (Aug–Nov) to mainly... read more


Nest-building and unspecified breeding details reported Sept–Dec, dependent fledglings mid-Oct, and females with brood patches... read more


Largely resident, with some local dispersion; part of population of uplands descends in winter to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Queensland Wet Tropics EBA. No estimates of abundance levels. Seems to be fairly common.  

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Bridled Honeyeater (Bolemoreus frenatus). 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).