Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Grey Honeyeater (Conopophila whitei)


French: Méliphage de White German: Grauhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de White

Lacustroica whitei


, 1910,

Lake Way, east Murchison Drainage, Western Australia


Often placed in a monotypic genus, Lacustroica. Monotypic.


Arid and semi-arid inland Australia: widely scattered records from W Western Australia E to C & S Northern Territory (S of 17° S) and, rarely, N South Australia.

Descriptive notes

10–13 cm; male 7–10·3 g, female 9·4–11 g. Small, slim honeyeater with short tail. Plumage is nondescript brownish-grey above and white below,... read more


Most common call a loud and somewhat harsh, disyllabic “cre-seek”, second note higher... read more


Low acacia woodlands and shrublands, usually dominated by mulga (Acacia aneura), ... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly insectivorous, seen to eat lerp and associated insects; also nectar and mistletoe (Loranthaceae) fruit. Forages mainly in foliage of... read more


Breeds in cooler months of inland, from late autumn to mid-spring, but few records; eggs mid-May, second half Aug and mid-Nov, nestlings... read more


No information. Regularly reported at some sites, but sightings and occurrence unpredictable;... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Little known; uncommon to rare. Listed as “rare” in South Australia and “endangered” in Western Australia. At one site in... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Grey Honeyeater (Conopophila whitei). 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 27 January 2020).