Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Obi Myzomela (Myzomela rubrotincta)


French: Myzomèle d’Obi German: Obi-Rußhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Obi

Myzomela rubrotincta


, 1878,

Obi Island


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. obscura, along with M. simplex and M. rubrobrunnea. Differs from M. simplex in characters given under that species. Differs from M. obscura in its pinkish-red mantle, wing-edging and uppertail (4); rosy wash to grey underparts (2); and shorter tail (mean length for males 48 mm vs 52.8 in M. o. fumata, but n=4 for present species; allow 2). From M. rubrobrunnea in its mid-grey crown and nape vs dark greyish-brown cap (3); much stronger, brighter red on upperparts (2); rose-tinted grey vs reddish-grey-scaled russet underparts (2). Monotypic.


Obi and Bisa, in N Moluccas.

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm. Adult is most like formerly conspecific M. obscura, but has bright reddish mantle, wings and tail, and a rosy-red wash to the head-sides and most of the... read more


Song, regularly repeated, composed of three rising, thin, high-pitched notes, e.g. “wit-see-si’”,... read more


Mainly in primary forest and tall secondary forest, including edges. Recorded from sea-level to at... read more

Food and feeding

Virtually no information, but diet and foraging behaviour probably not dissimilar to those of formerly conspecific M. obscura.... read more


Apparently nothing known.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to just two islands within the Northern Maluku EBA. Believed to be moderately common, but less so... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Obi Myzomela (Myzomela rubrotincta). 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 15 December 2019).