Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Flame-eared Honeyeater (Lichmera flavicans)


Taxonomy

French: Méliphage de Timor German: Timorhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Timor
Other common names: Yellow-eared Honeyeater
Taxonomy:

Melithreptus flavicans

Vieillot

, 1817,

“Nouvelle-Hollande”; error = Timor

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Timor, in E Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

c. 12·5–14 cm. Distinctive, medium-small honeyeater with moderately long and sturdy decurved bill. Plumage is rich greenish-olive above, with blackish mask over... read more

Voice

Calls include varying series of short, rapid, bubbling whistled notes lasting c. 1·5 seconds; brief... read more

Habitat

Monsoon forest, forest edge, riparian woodland, secondary growth, and open forest of Eucalyptus... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes nectar and insects. Apparently mainly nectarivorous, foraging at flowers mainly in upper middle storey. Seen singly and in... read more

Breeding

Single report of breeding in Apr. No other information.  

Movements

Resident, probably with some local movements.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Timor and Wetar EBA. No estimates of population level; considered common but patchily distributed.  

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2018). Flame-eared Honeyeater (Lichmera flavicans). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60395 on 18 January 2018).