Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Red-brown Myzomela (Myzomela rubrobrunnea)


French: Myzomèle brun-roux German: Biak-Rußhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Biak

Myzomela rubrobrunnea

A. B. Meyer

, 1874,

Mysore [= Biak] Island


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. obscura, along with M. simplex and M. rubrotincta. Differs from M. simplex and M. rubrotincta in characters given under those species. Differs from M. obscura in its much darker crown (2); russet-brown body plumage above and below (4); and notably shorter wing and tail (respectively, 61.5 mm and 46 vs 69.6 and 52.8 in M. o. fumata, but n=2 for present species; allow 2). Monotypic.


Biak I, in Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm. Adult is generally similar to that of M. obscura, with which present species was formerly considered to be conspecific, but is overall darker, with... read more


No known differences in vocalizations between this species and mainland New Guinean populations of... read more


Very few data, but presumably restricted to forested lowland habitats on island of Biak.

Food and feeding

Virtually no information, but diet and foraging behaviour probably not dissimilar to those of formerly conspecific M. obscura.


Apparently nothing known.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to a single island within the Geelvink Islands EBA. Population believed to be stable.

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Red-brown Myzomela (Myzomela rubrobrunnea). 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).