Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Leaden Honeyeater (Ptiloprora plumbea)


French: Méliphage gris-de-plomb German: Bleikehl-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero plomizo

Ptilotis plumbea


, 1894,

Moroka, south-east New Guinea


Birds in Central Ranges (Nassau Mts E to Hindenburg Mts) previously recognized as race granti, on basis of being slightly darker and longer-winged than those elsewhere in range, but differences from other populations negligible and variation apparently clinal#R. Monotypic.


Mountains of New Guinea from Nassau Mts E, patchily, to Herzog Mts and Owen Stanley Range.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; two males 13·5g and 14 g, one female 12·5 g (nominate), one male 16·5 g (granti). Nominate race has head, neck and upperbody... read more


Calls include whistled and somewhat breathy “wshee wshee wshee…”; and weak... read more


Mid-montane primary forest, forest edge and secondary growth; recorded also in gardens in Ok Tedi... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods and nectar from flowers. Forages from canopy level almost to ground, frequently in lower and middle stages (3–15 m above... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. Generally rare, and absent from much of Central and Eastern Highlands; can be... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Leaden Honeyeater (Ptiloprora plumbea). 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 15 December 2019).