Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Streak-breasted Honeyeater (Microptilotis reticulatus)


French: Méliphage réticulé German: Temminckhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero reticulado

Meliphaga reticulata


, 1820,



In past, sometimes placed in Lichenostomus, and formerly suggested to be close to Xanthotis. Molecular evidence and plumage similarities indicate that it is closely allied to M. albilineatus and M. fordianus#R. Monotypic.


Timor and Semau, in E Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

c. 15·5 cm. Distinctive medium-small honeyeater with rather short, stout and decurved bill. Male is greyish-olive above, with diffuse blackish loral stripe extending... read more


Calls consist of a series of 9–10 plaintive and slightly upslurred “wheep” notes... read more


Primary and secondary forest, both deciduous and evergreen or semi-evergreen (including monsoon... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes insects and nectar, and possibly fruit. Occurs singly, in twos (probably pairs) and in small groups of 3–6 individuals... read more


Estimated laying Mar–Apr and Sept, based on fledgling in late May, dependent juveniles mid-Nov, other juveniles late May and mid-Jun... read more


Presumably resident, possibly with some local movements.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Timor and Wetar EBA. Generally widespread and common on Timor. No estimates of abundance. Formerly considered... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Streak-breasted Honeyeater (Microptilotis reticulatus). 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).