Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Critically Endangered

Crow Honeyeater (Gymnomyza aubryana)


French: Méliphage toulou German: Rotgesicht-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero corvino

Leptornis Aubryanus

J. P. Verreaux and Des Murs

, 1860,

New Caledonia




Patchily in New Caledonia, mainly in S (Rivière Bleue area, Kouakoué slopes); recently recorded in N (Mt Panié, Pouembout)#R#R.

Descriptive notes

35–42·5 cm; male 211–284g, two females 152 g and 159 g. Very large and distinctive, corvid-like honeyeater, with long, pointed and decurved bill, long... read more


Quiet outside breeding season. During breeding season the first species to sing in morning, roughly... read more


Mainly dense, humid, primary rainforest, usually on ultrabasic soils; recorded also in dry forests... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects, including beetles (Coleoptera) and small flies (Diptera), large spiders (Araneae), and nectar from flowers. Forages in canopy... read more


A nest under construction in Sept (1982) and another on which bird thought to have been sitting in mid-Oct. First nest cup-shaped and thick... read more


No information. Probably sedentary.  

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in New Caledonia EBA. Rare. Considered rare even in 19th century. Found to be uncommon and patchily distributed in... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L., Ford, H. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Crow Honeyeater (Gymnomyza aubryana). 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 20 February 2020).