Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Mayr's Honeyeater (Ptiloprora mayri)


French: Méliphage de Mayr German: Mayrhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Mayr
Other common names: Mayr's Streaked Honeyeater

Ptiloprora guisei mayri

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1930,

Cyclops Mountains, north New Guinea


See P. erythropleura and P. guisei. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. m. mayri E. J. O. Hartert, 1930 – Foja Mts and Cyclops Mts, in N New Guinea.
  • P. m. acrophila Diamond, 1969 – summit of Mt Menawa (Bewani Mts), in N New Guinea.
  • Descriptive notes

    19·5 cm; male 30–37·5 g and female 24–29 g (nominate), male 29·3–36·3 g and female 25·5–29·2 g (... read more


    Plaintive whistles. Song described as high plaintive slur repeated monotonously once every 3... read more


    Hill and montane forest, moss forest and secondary forest. Nominate race at 1200–2150m; ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet includes arthropods (insects), nectar and fruit. Forages from understorey to canopy, including crowns of flowering trees; gleans, and... read more


    Female ready to lay in early Sept. No other information.


    Presumed sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in North Papuan Mountains EBA. Poorly known; considered generally abundant within its altitudinal limits.

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Mayr's Honeyeater (Ptiloprora mayri). 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 28 February 2020).