Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Graceful Honeyeater (Microptilotis gracilis)


Taxonomy

French: Méliphage gracile German: Feenhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero grácil
Taxonomy:

Ptilotis gracilis

Gould

, 1866,

Cape York, north Queensland, Australia

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Sometimes treated as conspecific with M. cinereifrons and has been thought possibly conspecific with M. vicina. In N Queensland races may intergrade in narrow zone roughly between Cooktown and Ayton. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. g. gracilis (Gould, 1866) – Aru Is, S New Guinea (Triton Bay E to Purari Delta), Bristow I (off Daru, in extreme N Torres Strait), and coastal and subcoastal NE Australia (N Queensland from Cape York S to Archer–Mitchell Rivers and, in E, to Princess Charlotte Bay and Cooktown–Ayton region).
  • M. g. imitatrix (Mathews, 1912) – coastal NE Queensland from around Princess Charlotte Bay and Cooktown S to Halifax Bay and S Paluma Range, and inland to Atherton Tableland.
  • Descriptive notes

    15–17 cm; male 14–17 g and female 12·5–16·5 g (nominate), male 14–17·9 g and female 12·5–17 g (imitatrix).... read more

    Voice

    Rather noisy. Throughout range, “chip” appears to be most common call: in Australia a... read more

    Habitat

    In Australia, rainforest or forest edge, including vine scrubs and regrowth rainforest, and in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar, fruit and insects. Forages in canopy, mid-canopy (including in crowns of substage trees) and understorey shrubs, usually 2–18... read more

    Breeding

    In NE Australia breeds Sept–Feb, with estimated start of laying Oct–Nov and Jan–Feb and nestlings late Oct to early Jan;... read more

    Movements

    Apparently resident, but some local movements.  

    Status and conservation

    Not assessed. Probably not globally threatened. Considered generally common in New Guinea. Recorded density of 0·16 birds/ha in NE Queensland. No information on... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Graceful Honeyeater (Microptilotis gracilis). 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/60277 on 27 January 2020).