Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Buru Honeyeater (Lichmera deningeri)


French: Méliphage de Buru German: Buruhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Buru

Stigmatops deningeri


, 1912,

Buru, Moluccas


Possibly conspecific with L. monticola (which see). Monotypic.


Buru, in S Moluccas.

Descriptive notes

c. 15–16 cm; male 18–19g, female 14–16 g. Plumage is pale yellowish-olive above, slightly brighter on uppertail and edges of remiges; pale grey upper lores... read more


Song described as “kew-kew-kew”, rather like that of Philemon but softer.  


Primary rainforest, selectively logged and disturbed forest, tall secondary forest and scrub.... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Seen to forage at flowers of rhododendron and other plants. Seen singly and in twos (probably pairs); sometimes... read more


A captive recently fledged juvenile in Nov to early Dec. No other information.  


Presumably sedentary, with some local movement.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Buru EBA. Poorly known. No estimates of population, but described as generally uncommon.  

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Buru Honeyeater (Lichmera deningeri). 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 28 February 2020).