Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Red-collared Myzomela (Myzomela rosenbergii)


French: Myzomèle de Rosenberg German: Rotbrust-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Rosenberg

Myzomela Rosenbergii


, 1871,

Arfak Mountains, north-west New Guinea


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. longirostris (which see). Proposed race wahgiensis (Western Highlands) appears inseparable from nominate. Monotypic.


High mountains of New Guinea from Vogelkop E, including Fakfak Mts, Kumawa Mts, Foja Mts, Cyclops Mts, Bewani Mts, Adelbert Mts and mountains of Huon Peninsula, to Owen Stanley Range.

Descriptive notes

10–12·5 cm; male 9·3–12·7 g, female 9–10·7 g. Male is striking, glossy jet-black except for broad, brilliant scarlet collar... read more


Often noisy. Vocalizations include high-pitched, upslurred and rather drawn-out “tuweeist... read more


Lower montane to high mountain primary forest, including cloudforest, moss forest, oak (... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily nectar; also small arthropods, occasionally small fruits. Nectar taken from wide range of flowering plants, including trees (e.g... read more


Nestlings recorded in late Jul and late Sept, fledglings mid Jul and juveniles early Sept; “breeding birds” in May (one), Aug (one) and Oct... read more


Largely resident, but variation in local numbers to exploit flowering trees indicate at least local... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to abundant; abundant in Albert Range at 1400–1600 m. Males seen far more often than females (e.g. at one site, ratio... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L., Ford, H. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Red-collared Myzomela (Myzomela rosenbergii). 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 25 February 2020).