Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Spangled Honeyeater (Melipotes ater)


French: Méliphage pailleté German: Huonhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero moteado

Melipotes ater

Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1911,

Rawlinson Mountains, Huon Peninsula, north-east New Guinea




Mountains of Huon Peninsula, in NE New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

28·5–31 cm. Large honey­eater, and largest of genus (more than twice the mass of congeners) with short, rather stubby, slightly decurved bill and moderately... read more


Typically quiet, but noisier than congeners. Calls include repeated deep “chut chut”. read more


Occupies montane forests and also tall secondary growth; recorded from c. 1200 m up to 3300 m.

Food and feeding

Poorly known. Predominantly frugivorous. Mainly in canopy or subcanopy, foraging for fruit. Conspicuous. Usually singly or in twos (... read more


No information.


No information; almost certainly sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Adelbert and Huon Ranges EBA. Poorly known; considered generally common. Described as common above Satop in Nov... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Spangled Honeyeater (Melipotes ater). 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).