Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Micronesian Myzomela (Myzomela rubratra)


French: Myzomèle de Micronésie German: Mikronesienhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Micronesia

Cinnyris rubrater


, 1827,

Kosrae, east Caroline Islands


Sometimes treated as conspecific with M. cardinalis, but differs in morphology and vocalizations. May itself consist of several species, given variation in colour and pattern of females, but differences seemingly not matched by any in voice#R, although more sampling within and among taxa needed. Birds of this species recorded on Sapwuahfik (Ngatik), near Pohnpei, of uncertain race; provisionally included in dichromata. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. r. asuncionis Salomonsen, 1966 – N & C Northern Mariana Is (Maug Is and Asuncion S to Anatahan).
  • M. r. saffordi Wetmore, 1917 – S Northern Marianas (Saipan, Tinian, Aguijan, Rota; formerly also Guam).
  • M. r. kobayashii Momiyama, 1922 – nearly all islands of Palau (from Kayangel S to Angaur).
  • M. r. kurodai Momiyama, 1922 – Yap, in W Caroline Is.
  • M. r. major Bonaparte, 1854 – Chuuk Is, including Nama, Losap and Mortlock Is (Namoluk, Ettal, Lukunor and Satawan atolls), in C Carolines.
  • M. r. dichromata Wetmore, 1919 – Pohnpei and nearby Sapwuahfik Atoll (Ngatik), in E Carolines.
  • M. r. rubratra (Lesson, 1827) – Kosrae, E of Pohnpei.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 13 cm; male 10·5–18 g, female 10·4–15 g (saffordi). Male nominate race is striking, with head and neck to breast and belly and central... read more


    Fairly vocal, and vocalizations given throughout day, though most vocal at dawn. In Palau, main... read more


    Forest, forest edge, mangroves, native palm (Clinostigma) forests, coastal scrub (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar; also small invertebrates, mainly insects, including aphids (Aphidoidea) and scale insects (Coccoidea), also spiders (Araneae), and... read more


    Throughout Micronesia breeding appears to occur in all months through year, with little or no seasonal fluctuation: in Northern Marianas... read more


    Resident; possibly some short local movements associated with flowering events. On Kosrae, seen to... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Mariana Islands EBA, in Palau EBA, in Yap Islands EBA, and in East Caroline Islands EBA. Common to abundant... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Micronesian Myzomela (Myzomela rubratra). 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).