Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)


French: Méliphage à gorge rousse German: Rostkehl-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero golirrufo

Entomophila ? rufogularis


, 1843,

northern coast of Australia = Derby, King Sound, Western Australia


Slight clinal variation in plumage tone, W and inland populations being slightly paler and browner above and below; populations of N Queensland sometimes separated as race queenslandica, but appear little different from those in W of range. Monotypic.


N Western Australia (Kimberley, including some offshore islands, e.g. Koolan and Cockatoo) E across Top End of Northern Territory (also Wessel Is, S to Tanami Desert and Barkly Tableland) and S of Gulf of Carpentaria (including Groote Eylandt and Wellesley Is) to N & E Queensland (S Cape York Peninsula, and E coast from about Gladstone S to Burnett R).

Descriptive notes

11–14 cm; male 8·5–13·9g, female 8·2–13 g. Small, plump honeyeater with short tail. Male is pale grey-brown above, slightly paler and... read more


Most vocalizations undescribed. Commonly utters chattering notes when foraging or nest-building;... read more


Mainly open, grassy savanna woodlands, typically dominated by Eucalyptus and with... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates (mostly insects, some spiders), also nectar (including from Eucalyptus, Syzygium, Xanthostemon,... read more


Season at least Jul–Mar; eggs recorded Jul, late Sept and Nov–Mar and fledglings early Jul. Nest probably built only by female... read more


No clear patterns; variously considered sedentary, migratory and nomadic (even at same sites). Any... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common; less common in E, and rare in SE of range. Recorded densities of 0·08–0·40 birds/ha and, at various sites in N... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis). 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).