Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Mountain Myzomela (Myzomela adolphinae)


French: Myzomèle montagnard German: Berghonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Adolfina

Myzomela adolphinae


, 1876,

Arfak Mountains, north-west New Guinea


Some reported variation between specimens from SE New Guinea and those from Huon Peninsula and Arfak Mts, with males of SE blacker on upper body and upper breast but with lighter red head, and females also darker above and on breast; study needed. Monotypic.


Mountains of W, N & E New Guinea (Vogelkop, C North Coastal Range, Central Highlands E from L Kopiago, Adelbert Mts, Huon Peninsula and SE).

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; unsexed mean 7·4g, two females 7 g and 8 g. Tiny myzomela, and smallest honeyeater. Male is distinctive but somewhat variable, mostly dark grey to dusky... read more


Calls include high-pitched upslurred “sweeit”, descending wheezy “tzzew”,... read more


Montane and mid-montane primary forest, tall secondary growth and other modified habitats, such as... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar; small arthropods, apparently mainly insects, including small beetles (Coleoptera) and small homopteran bugs. Frequents canopy of... read more


Two nests with chicks in mid-Jul and late Oct (Wahgi Valley). One nest a neat, finely made cup woven into dead bracken frond that projected... read more


Little information. Possibly largely resident, with local movements to exploit flowering plants... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common to common, but patchily distributed; can be scarce or absent at sites. Common in disturbed sites and in towns and gardens... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Mountain Myzomela (Myzomela adolphinae). 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 9 December 2019).