Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Mimic Honeyeater (Microptilotis analogus)


French: Méliphage sosie German: Papuahonigfresser Spanish: Mielero imitador

Ptilotis analoga


, 1852,

“Oceanien”; error = Triton Bay, south-east New Guinea


Possibly conspecific with M. vicina. Name stevensi (from N watershed of SE New Guinea) has been used for a race variously of present species and of M. cinereifrons; recent genetically based investigations indicate that specimens attributed to stevensi include cryptic variants of both species. Populations in Baiyer Valley (E New Guinea) probably constitute an as yet unnamed race. Race citreolus of M. orientalis originally treated as an altitudinal variant of present species. Form rarus, described from single specimen attributed to M. mimikae, is an atypical specimen of present species (race flavidus)#R. Birds of N lowlands (Wewak E to Huon Gulf), described as race connectens, appear indistinguishable from flavidus; birds from Fly R district E to Hall Sound proposed as race papuae, but inseparable from nominate. In general, geographical variation rather weak, and species treated as monotypic by some recent authors#R. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. a. analogus (Reichenbach, 1852) – West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, Misool) and most of mainland New Guinea.
  • M. a. flavidus (Stresemann & Paludan, 1932) – Yapen I and Mios Num (in Geelvink Bay), and N New Guinea E, including Kairiru I and Mushu I (off Wewak), to Astrolabe Bay.
  • M. a. longirostris (Ogilvie-Grant, 1911) – Aru Is.
  • Also (racially distinct, identity uncertain) N watershed of SE New Guinea.

    Descriptive notes

    15·5–19·5 cm; male 18·5–30 g and female 18–24 g (nominate), male 18–28·7 g and female 17·8–26 g (flavidus... read more


    Call notes include shrill or staccato “tup”; short, bright disyllabic or upslurred note... read more


    Primary forest and forest edge, secondary forest, tall secondary growth, scrub and scrub-forest,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet includes arthropods (insects), fruit (including of Symplocos), seeds (probably ingested with fruit), and nectar from... read more


    Breeding birds Aug–Dec and (race flavidus) Mar–May. Described nest claimed as being of present species considered more... read more


    Probably largely sedentary, with some local movements.  

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally common, especially in S. No estimates of total population. Probably the easiest member of genus to observe in New Guinea.  

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Mimic Honeyeater (Microptilotis analogus). 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 25 February 2020).