Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Dark-eared Myza (Myza celebensis)


French: Méliphage des Célèbes German: Brillenhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero chico de Célebes
Other common names: Lesser Streaked Honeyeater

Arachnothera ? celebensis

A. B. Meyer and Wiglesworth

, 1894,

Bone Mountains, Gorontalo, north Sulawesi


Proposed race parvirostris (Mt Tanke, in SE Sulawesi) included in nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. c. celebensis (A. B. Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1894) – N, C & SE Sulawesi.
  • M. c. meridionalis (A. B. Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1896) – S Sulawesi.
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm; three males 19·5–22·5 g. Nominate race has top of head and neck grey to tawny-olive, finely streaked dark olive-brown, merging to largely dark... read more


    Main call a sharp, harsh “tsreet” or harsh “kik”. Song a slurred series of... read more


    Occupies montane rainforest, mainly in primary forest, including moss forest. More often on lower... read more

    Food and feeding

    No details of diet. Forages mainly in lower stages, less often in canopy, but feeds in crowns of flowering trees, including in flowering... read more


    Little information. Females with brood patches recorded in late Mar (2) and Jul (1).  


    No information; probably sedentary.  

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Sulawesi EBA. Widespread and common. Continuing threats to habitat, through logging and clearing, potentially of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L., Ford, H. & de Juana, E. (2019). Dark-eared Myza (Myza celebensis). 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 10 December 2019).