Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Sooty Myzomela (Myzomela tristrami)


French: Myzomèle de Tristram German: Tristramhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Tristram

Myzomela Tristrami

E. P. Ramsay

, 1881,

San Cristobal, Solomon Islands


See M. pammelaena. Formerly considered conspecific with M. nigrita. Reported as hybridizing with M. cardinalis on San Cristobal#R. Monotypic.


Makira (San Cristobal), Santa Ana and Santa Catalina, probably also Ugi, in SE Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; male 12·5–16·5g, female 11·5–14 g. Male is wholly black with faint violet-blue sheen, except for duller and brownish-tinged... read more


Rather quiet. Vocalizations include soft twitters and whispered chirps, “tz, witcher-witcher-... read more


Primary and secondary forest, and modified habitats, including coconut plantations and gardens;... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly nectar, also small insects; once seen to carry a small fruit, which was dropped and caught again in mid-air. Forages mainly in... read more


Nest with eggs on 5th Sept: nest like that of sunbird (Nectariniidae) but broader and less deep, suspended 10 m above ground from branch of... read more


No information.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Poorly known. Considered generally common to abundant; on San Cristobal, very numerous on... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Sooty Myzomela (Myzomela tristrami). 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 19 November 2019).