Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Olive Straightbill (Timeliopsis fulvigula)


French: Méliphage olivâtre German: Buschhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero oliváceo

Euthyrhynchus fulvigula


, 1871,

Arfak Mountains, north-west New Guinea


Birds of Huon Peninsula previously separated as race fuscicapilla, but barely differentiated from meyeri. Birds from Mt Goliath (Oranje Range) proposed as race montana, but very similar to SE New Guinea population of meyeri. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. f. fulvigula (Schlegel, 1871) – mountains of Vogelkop and Onin Peninsula (Fakfak Mts), in NW New Guinea.
  • T. f. meyeri (Salvadori, 1896) – Central Ranges from Weyland Mts E, including Foja Mts and North Coastal Range (Bewani Mts), to mountains of Huon Peninsula and SE New Guinea (including Mt Bosavi).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–15 cm; two males 20 g, two females 16–19 g (meyeri); two males 16·5–19 g (nominate); one male 22 g (fuscicapilla). Nominate race... read more


    Call, frequently as contact during foraging, a plaintive or scolding, upwardly inflected series of... read more


    Mid-montane forest and forest edge, mainly at c. 1100–2450 m, but to 2700 m in Snow Mts, and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects recorded as eaten. Forages in understorey, including low dense vegetation at forest edge and dense thickets in damp areas within... read more


    Nest with egg in late Jan and female with egg in oviduct in late Jul, indicating breeding in wet and dry seasons. Nest an open cup,... read more


    No information; probably resident. Two ringed together in late Sept retrapped with a third... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Poorly known; generally considered scarce to rare. Locally fairly common at Biaru, near Wau; not abundant at Tari Gap.  

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Olive Straightbill (Timeliopsis fulvigula). 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).