Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Mangrove Honeyeater (Gavicalis fasciogularis)


French: Méliphage des mangroves German: Mangrovehonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de manglar

Ptilotis fasciogularis


, 1854,

Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia


See G. versicolor. Monotypic.


Coastal E Australia from NE Queensland (Ross R, near Townsville) S, including islands from Whitsunday Group S to Moreton Bay, to NE New South Wales (Tweed R–Tweed Heads, and disjunctly farther S near Broken Head, Clarence R and mouth of Macleay R, and once at Wauchope, on Hastings R).

Descriptive notes

c. 19·5 cm; male 23·9–33·1g, female 22–30 g. Plumage is olive-brown above, grading to greyish-brown on rump and uppertail-coverts, with fine... read more


Song loud, melodious and ringing, but varying, e.g. “whit-u-we-u”. Also scolding... read more


Mainly mangrove forests and woodlands fringing coasts, bays, estuaries and islands; less often in... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar and invertebrates, possibly fruit. Invertebrates include insects, marine snails (Gastropoda) and crabs (Decapoda). Forages mainly in... read more


Aug–Dec (peak Sept) and in N of range also Apr–May. Nest cup-shaped, of dried grasses and seagrass or plant fibre bound with... read more


Resident; some local movements to exploit flowering vegetation. In Moreton Bay, in SE Queensland,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in East Australian Mangroves Secondary Area. Fairly common locally; rare in S of range. No estimates of abundance... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Mangrove Honeyeater (Gavicalis fasciogularis). 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).