Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Near Threatened

Long-billed Myzomela (Myzomela longirostris)


French: Myzomèle à long bec German: Nidulahonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de la Goodenough

Myzomela rosenbergii longirostris

Mayr and Rand

, 1935,

Goodenough Island


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. rosenbergii, but differs in its full red collar and back in female (3); paler, plainer, greener head, throat, wings, tail and underparts in female (3); and larger size and, in particular, longer bill in both sexes (effect size for male bill 8.86; score 3). Monotypic.


Mountains of Goodenough I, in D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago, off SE New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

10–12·5 cm; three males 12·4–15·6 g, three females 7·5–8·5 g. Larger and with much longer bill (24–25 mm vs. 16–19 mm) than formerly conspecific M. rosenbergii, male... read more


No information, but no evidence to suggest that vocalizations differ from those of M.... read more


Common in montane oak (Castanopsis) forest, at 1000 m and above (presumably up to c. 2750... read more

Food and feeding

Diet and foraging behaviour presumably largely similar to M. rosenbergii; has been observed taking nectar at flowers of ... read more


Nothing known.


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently treated as Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: confined to a single island in the D’Entrecasteaux and Trobriand Islands EBA.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Long-billed Myzomela (Myzomela longirostris). 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).