Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Olive Honeyeater (Lichmera argentauris)


French: Méliphage à joues argent German: Silberohr-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero cariplateado

Ptilotis argentauris


, 1871,

#R, New Guinea and West Papuan Islands = Waigeo


Birds from Halmahera, Damar and Gebe sometimes separated as race chloris, but morphological differences insignificant; birds of Lusaolate I (off N Seram) described as race patasiwa, but doubtfully distinct. Monotypic.


Halmahera, Damar, Gebe, West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Schildpad, Misool), and coastal N Seram (including Lusaolate I and Opin I).

Descriptive notes

13·5–15·5 cm; one male 14g, female 12–13 g. Plumage is pale yellowish-olive above and pale greyish-yellow below, cleanest on rear flanks and side of... read more


A harsh zhip. Also noisy chattering songs —a variable series of up to 10 hard... read more


Occurs among coastal trees, palms and scrub, including littoral stands of casuarina and coconut... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes nectar and apparently fruit. Forages in casuarinas, at flowers of coconut palms and papaya (Carica) trees, and in... read more


No information.  


Mainly resident; only isolated records on Lusaolate, where probably not resident.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted range species: present in Seram EBA, in Northern Maluku EBA and in West Papuan Lowlands EBA. Not well known; described as... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Olive Honeyeater (Lichmera argentauris). 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).