Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Orange-cheeked Honeyeater (Oreornis chrysogenys)


French: Méliphage des Maoke German: Goldwangen-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero carinaranja

Oreornis chrysogenys

van Oort

, 1910,

Oranje Mountains (4150 m), New Guinea




Upper slopes of Snow Mts and Oranje Mts (including Mt Carstensz and Mt Wilhelmina), in W New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

24–26 cm; one male 77 g, one female 62 g. Has head and neck dark olive to olive-grey with dark brown to blackish mottling on top, black fore supercilium and lores... read more


Calls include single bubbling note that rises in pitch, and wheezy downslurred “nnyau... read more


Subalpine forest and shrubland bordering alpine grassland, and commonly in ecotone between these,... read more

Food and feeding

Takes fruit, arthropods (insects), and seeds of sedges. Often forages in low shrubland or thickets away from closed forest, and on ground... read more


Poorly known. Male in breeding condition and nest with egg in Aug. Single nest found, a basin-like cup, loosely made outer layer mainly of... read more


Probably sedentary.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. Very poorly known, and no estimates of global population. Described as fairly... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L., Ford, H. & Bonan, A. (2019). Orange-cheeked Honeyeater (Oreornis chrysogenys). 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 19 November 2019).