Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Streak-headed Honeyeater (Pycnopygius stictocephalus)


Taxonomy

French: Méliphage à tête rayée German: Strichelkopf-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero cabecirrayado
Taxonomy:

Pycnonotus (?) stictocephalus

Salvadori

, 1876,

Naiabui, Hall Sound, south-east New Guinea

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

Salawati (in West Papuan Is), Aru Is and throughout lowland New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

21 cm; two males 38 g and 39 g. Medium-sized rather drab honeyeater, with rather small and only slightly decurved bill; appearance much affected by plumage wear and fading.... read more

Voice

Distinctive, loud and rather musical and pleasant. Most frequently heard calls are mimicry of song... read more

Habitat

Generally a forest-edge specialist. Inhabits mainly disturbed and often open habitats, including... read more

Food and feeding

Diet nectar, small fruits including figs (Ficus), insects. Often gleans from foliage, but also probes flowers for nectar. Seen in... read more

Breeding

Active nest near Finschhafen in early Sept and another near Port Moresby 9th Mar (latter apparently abandoned 4–6 days later). Nest a... read more

Movements

Poorly known. Resident at Moroka (SE New Guinea). Some indication of at least local movements,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Poorly known; considered generally scarce to rare but locally common. Fairly common in Veimauri-Kuriva area; uncommon in lowland forest of E Sepik... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Streak-headed Honeyeater (Pycnopygius stictocephalus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60264 on 16 September 2019).