Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Red-capped Myzomela (Myzomela lafargei)


French: Myzomèle à nuque rouge German: Scharlachnacken-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero nuquirrojo
Other common names: Scarlet-naped Myzomela

Myzomela lafargei


, 1853,

Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands


See M. pammelaena (above). Monotypic.


Buka, Bougainville, Shortland Is, Choiseul (and Arnavon I) and Santa Isabel (and Malakobi and Megapode), in N Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; male 12–14 g, three females 10–11 g. Male has varying scarlet patch on crown or hindcrown, on some individuals extending to forehead and below eye... read more


Variety of brief calls: sweet, high-pitched “tsip-tsip” like that of a sunbird (... read more


Lowland, middle-altitude and montane primary forest, including cloudforest, forest edge, also tall... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar and insects. Observed mainly in crowns of trees, including flowering coconut palms in gardens, but forages at all levels, from... read more


Female carrying food in mid-Jan; most birds at c.1500 m in Jul–Aug were in breeding condition, whereas those in lowlands at same time... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Fairly common on Bougainville, uncommon on Choiseul and rare on Santa Isabel. Presumably still... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Red-capped Myzomela (Myzomela lafargei). 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).