Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Red Myzomela (Myzomela cruentata)


French: Myzomèle vermillon German: Bluthonigfresser Spanish: Mielero rojo

Myzomela cruentata

A. B. Meyer

, 1874,

Arfak Mountains, north-west New Guinea


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. erythrina (which see). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. c. cruentata A. B. Meyer, 1874 – New Guinea, including Yapen I (in Geelvink Bay).
  • M. c. coccinea E. P. Ramsay, 1877 – New Britain and Duke of York I, in Bismarck Archipelago.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–13 cm; male average 8·6 g, female average 7·9 g (race coccinea). Male nominate race appears almost entirely bright, glossy crimson, brightest... read more


    Typically quiet. Main call a high-pitched “tseet” at rate of c. 1 per 5–10... read more


    Primary rainforest and forest edge and tall secondary growth (regrowth forest); recorded also in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar; also small arthropods, mainly insects. Seen to visit inflorescences of Poikilospermum, Albizia and the canopy... read more


    Breeding birds in Feb–Apr. No other information.


    Probably largely sedentary, but some local movements, nomadism or dispersal. Descends to foothills... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally scarce to moderately common, locally common. Described as abundant (at least 100 pairs/km²) in some places. Race ... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L., Ford, H. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Red Myzomela (Myzomela cruentata). 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 20 February 2020).