Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

New Caledonian Myzomela (Myzomela caledonica)


French: Myzomèle calédonien German: Neukaledonien-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Nueva Caledonia

Myzomela caledonica

W. A. Forbes

, 1879,

New Caledonia


Treated as conspecific with M. sanguinolenta by some authors#R, but differs in its (in male) whiter, less grey belly (1); lack of white fringes to wing-coverts (2); (in female) red wash on throat (1); and lower-pitched voice (minimum frequency 2800–3000 Hz vs 3500–4000 Hz) (3) and more emphatic song phrases (at least 1)#R. Monotypic.

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New Caledonia, including I of Pines.

Descriptive notes

10–12 cm; two males 7·5 and 8·2 g, two females 6·6 g and 6·9 g. Male is strikingly red, black and cream: head, neck and centre of upperbody... read more


Male song a series of short hurried phrases, each usually of 2–10 notes, e.g. a short dry... read more


Humid forest, including stunted forest on high slopes, and niaouli (Melaleuca leucadendron... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily nectar; also small arthropods (insects). Forages in all types of flowering trees, including niaouli. Confiding and active,... read more


Breeds Nov–Jan. Nest a tiny and rudimentary cup, made of fine twigs, rootlets and other plant fibres, usually or always unlined,... read more


No information; apparently resident.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in New Caledonia EBA. No estimates of global abundance; variously considered common or rare. Widespread within tiny... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). New Caledonian Myzomela (Myzomela caledonica). 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).