Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)


Painted Honeyeater (Grantiella picta)


French: Méliphage peint German: Rotschnabel-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero pintado

Entomophila picta


, 1838,

New South Wales, Australia




N & E Australia: CE Northern Territory (sparse) and Queensland W of Great Divide and S of c. 20° S (though few records in SW) S, on and W of Great Divide, to N Victoria.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; three males 20·5–25·0 g, one female 18 g. Distinctive medium-small honeyeater with short, gently decurved bill and short tail. Male is... read more


Noisy. Song the most common vocalization, given from perches and in display-flight, a highly... read more


In all habitats, strongly associated with presence of mistletoes, e.g. drooping (Amyema... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mostly fruit and nectar of mistletoes, as well as other fruit, and nectar from flowering eucalypts and other plants; also... read more


Timing may depend on availability of mistletoe fruit; recorded Aug–Feb, apparently starting on average later farther S; claim of eggs... read more


Generally considered a N-S migrant, being a non-breeding winter visitor N of c.26°S. In S of... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered Near Threatened. Generally uncommon and sparsely distributed. Total population possibly c. 50,000 birds. Once recorded as breeding at... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Painted Honeyeater (Grantiella picta). 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).