Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-banded Honeyeater (Conopophila albogularis)


French: Méliphage à gorge blanche German: Rostband-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero pechirrufo

Entomophila ? albogularis


, 1843,

Port Essington, Northern Territory, Australia


Populations of New Guinea and Torres Strait proposed as race mimikae, but appear not to differ in plumage or size from Australian populations. Monotypic.


Patchily in lowland New Guinea at Sorong (W Vogelkop), along Sepik R, Markham R and upper Musa R (in N), and (in S) from Triton Bay E to Trans-Fly and Fly R, and at scattered sites in SE lowlands from Kerema E to Milne Bay; Aru Is; islands in Torres Strait; and N Australia from Melville I and Top End of Northern Territory (S to 15° S, E in coastal and subcoastal areas to Gove Peninsula), and Groote Eylandt, E to N Queensland (Cape York Peninsula).

Descriptive notes

12–14·5 cm; male 9·2–14·5g, female 9·8–13·2 g. Has dark pearl-grey head, fine darker streaking on top of head, diffusely... read more


Song complicated and melodious; in New Guinea, one or two wheezy upslurs followed by clearer series... read more


Open riparian paperbark (Melaleuca) woodlands surrounding wetlands; patches of monsoon... read more

Food and feeding

Predominantly arthropods (mainly insects, also spiders), also nectar (e.g. of Eucalyptus, Melaleuca), occasionally arils... read more


In New Guinea breeds through much of year, with peaks middle to late dry season and later in wet season; on Boigu I, in Torres Strait, eggs... read more


Resident, with some local erratic or nomadic movements, possibly by young birds. In ringing study... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to very common in New Guinea; in Australia, recorded densities in Northern Territory of 12 birds/ha in Darwin and 0·3 birds/ha along S... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Rufous-banded Honeyeater (Conopophila albogularis). 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 15 December 2019).