Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Silver-eared Honeyeater (Lichmera alboauricularis)


French: Méliphage grivelé German: Ohrflecken-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero pechipinto

Stigmatops albo-auricularis

E. P. Ramsay

, 1878,

south-east coast of New Guinea


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. a. olivacea Mayr, 1938 – lowlands of NC New Guinea from L Sentani and Idenburg–Mamberamo Rivers E to Ramu R, including middle and lower Sepik R; recently reported in Onin Peninsula#R.
  • L. a. alboauricularis (E. P. Ramsay, 1878) – coastal lowlands of SE New Guinea E from Popondetta and, in S, from around Bereina to Milne Bay, including small coastal islands of Mailu (off Amazon Bay) and Heath and Doini (near Samarai I).
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm; male 13·5–19 g, three females 12·5–14·5 g. Nominate race is dull brown above, darker olive-brown on wing and tail, with faint buff... read more


    Noisy. Main call, often given by several birds at same time, a loud descending series of musical... read more


    Usually near water. Preferred habitat tall canegrass (Saccharum) and other grasses (e.g.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar and insects. Forages among stems and leaves of canegrass, and among other foliage; seen also to forage at flowers (including ... read more


    Recorded in most months, with possible peak in late dry season (Sept–Oct) and little or no breeding in early wet season, clutches... read more


    No information; probably largely resident.  

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Considered locally common to abundant; recently found to be uncommon in Idenburg-Mamberamo Basins. Unconfirmed reports of nominate race in Ok Tedi... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Silver-eared Honeyeater (Lichmera alboauricularis). 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).