Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Pied Honeyeater (Certhionyx variegatus)


French: Méliphage varié German: Elsterhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero pío

Certhionyx variegatus


, 1830,

Timor; error = Shark Bay area, Western Australia




Western Australia (S of S Kimberley Division) E to S Northern Territory, SW Queensland and W New South Wales, S to coastal South Australia and W Victoria.

Descriptive notes

15–20 cm; male 22–34 g, female 22–29 g. Medium-sized honeyeater with fairly long decurved bill. Male is mostly black on head, neck, upperparts and side of... read more


Song a repeated, plaintive, drawn-out piping, e.g. “te-titee-tee-tee” or “titi-te... read more


Mainly arid and semi-arid shrublands, often including or dominated by Eremophila and ... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly nectar, also small arthropods (insects), occasionally fruit and seeds. Forages mainly among foliage and flowers of trees and shrubs... read more


Usually breeds in austral winter-spring, also at other times if conditions suitable; eggs recorded Jul–Nov (once late Jun in W... read more


Largely erratic, with no obvious pattern in most areas. Occurrence often correlated with flowering... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Regarded as “vulnerable” in New South Wales, where considered an ecological specialist with small population. No... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Pied Honeyeater (Certhionyx variegatus). 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).