Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Marbled Honeyeater (Pycnopygius cinereus)


French: Méliphage marbré German: Marmorhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero jaspeado

Ptilotis cinerea

P. L. Sclater

, 1874,

Hatam, Arfak Mountains, north-west New Guinea


Race dorsalis sometimes merged with nominate#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. c. cinereus (P. L. Sclater, 1874) – mountains of Vogelkop Peninsula, in NW New Guinea.
  • P. c. dorsalis Stresemann & Paludan, 1934 – Weyland Mts and S slopes of W Nassau Mts, in W New Guinea.
  • P. c. marmoratus (Sharpe, 1882) – Central Ranges of New Guinea E from Weyland Mts, also Adelbert Mts and mountains of Huon Peninsula (including Herzog Mts).
  • Descriptive notes

    20–22 cm; male 40–58 g, female 36–46 g (marmoratus). A medium-sized and rather drab honeyeater with medium-length solid bill. Nominate race has top... read more


    Largely silent; occasionally a downslurred “tyert”, repeated at intervals of 2 seconds... read more


    Hill forest and lower and middle montane forest, forest edge and secondary growth, also gardens; on... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet includes nectar, small fruits (2–7 mm in diameter), insects, and parts of flowers. In Eastern Highlands foraged mainly in upper... read more


    Very poorly known. Nestling recorded in Mar, and female with enlarged ovary in Nov. No further relevant information available, although... read more


    No information; probably sedentary.  

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Poorly known; considered patchily common, or generally sparse to locally common; uncommon on Mt Mengam, in Adelbert Range. No estimates of global... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Marbled Honeyeater (Pycnopygius cinereus). 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).