Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Scrub Honeyeater (Microptilotis albonotatus)


French: Méliphage buissonnier German: Schneeohr-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero matorralero

Ptilotis albonotata


, 1876,

Naiabui, Hall Sound, south-east New Guinea


Formerly treated as conspecific with M. montanus. Proposed races setekwa (upper Setekwa R, in Nassau Range), auga (Mafulu, in Central Division) and gretae (Nondugl, in Central Highlands) all appear insufficiently differentiated from birds in rest of species’ range. Monotypic.


Mainly hills and lower mountains, less often lowlands, of Vogelkop, Weyland, Nassau and Oranje Mts, Huon Peninsula, and SC & SE New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

17–19 cm; male 27–34 g, female 20–29 g. Has top and side of head and neck and entire upperbody greyish-olive, with blackish lores, white lower ear-coverts... read more


Song of 10–12 rapidly uttered thin notes (c. 5 per second), often rising in pitch and then... read more


Typically in disturbed habitats, including secondary growth and forest edge, forest remnants along... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes insects, nectar and some fruit. Usually forages in understorey (e.g. frequently up to 5 m above ground), but visits flowering... read more


Recorded in dry season and middle of wet season: eggs in early Mar and Sept, nestlings late Jul, late Sept and late Oct, and fledglings... read more


Resident at Crater Mt, in Tabubil region and around Brown R, and probably at Moroka; probably... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to abundant at higher altitudes, and uncommon in lowlands; scarce on Sogeri Plateau. A species of disturbed habitats, has successfully... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Scrub Honeyeater (Microptilotis albonotatus). 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).