Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Reddish Myzomela (Myzomela erythrina)


French: Myzomèle érythrin German: Bismarckhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero rojizo

Myzomela erythina

[sic] E. P. Ramsay

, 1877,

New Ireland, Bismarck Archipelago


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. cruentata, but differs in its (in male) russet-grey vs shining crimson crown, head sides and throat (3); and (in female) dull grey-shot crimson body plumage with pink fringes to primaries vs brown with whitish-yellow fringes (4) and more intense crimson coloration on throat and head sides but not forecrown vs pale pink throat and bright crimson forecrown (2); also lowland vs montane forest (1). Four subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. e. erythrina E. P. Ramsay, 1877 – New Ireland.
  • M. e. lavongai Salomonsen, 1966 – New Hanover.
  • M. e. vinacea Salomonsen, 1966 – Djaul I, off NW New Ireland.
  • M. e. cantans Mayr, 1955 – Tabar I (in Tabar Group), off NE New Ireland.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–13 cm. Slim Myzomela, with very little sexual dimorphism. Adult male is principally dull pinkish red, becoming darker on head, and darker and browner on wings and... read more


    No known differences between this species and M. cruentata. Gives a rapid stuttering trill... read more


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

    Food and feeding

    Nectar; also small arthropods, mainly insects. On New Ireland forages in flowering coconut palms. Mainly in canopy of forest, and most... read more


    Nothing known.


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

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to part of the New Britain and New Ireland EBA. Generally scarce to moderately common, locally... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Reddish Myzomela (Myzomela erythrina). 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).