Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)


Rotuma Myzomela (Myzomela chermesina)


French: Myzomèle de Rotuma German: Karmesinhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Rotuma

Myzomela chermesina

G. R. Gray

, 1846,

no locality = Rotuma Island, Fiji


Has sometimes been considered a race of M. cardinalis. Monotypic.


Rotuma and offshore islets, including Uea, in N Fiji.

Descriptive notes

13 cm. Adult male is striking: largely black, with broad bright red to scarlet strip down centre of upperbody (centre of mantle and back, and rump and uppertail-coverts), and... read more


No information available; apparently undescribed.  


All habitats on Rotuma, including primary and secondary forest, edges, agricultural gardens and... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar; also strongly insectivorous. Gleans from outer branches in forest; seen also to hang from seedheads of weeds in open areas. Sallies... read more


Recently fledged young in mid-May. Nest and eggs said to be like those of M. jugularis. No other information.  



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restrictedrange species: present in Rotuma Secondary Area. Common on Rotuma, where the most abundant bird species. Nearly all native forest on Rotuma has been... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Rotuma Myzomela (Myzomela chermesina). 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).