Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Streak-headed Honeyeater (Pycnopygius stictocephalus)


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

Pycnonotus (?) stictocephalus


, 1876,

Naiabui, Hall Sound, south-east New Guinea




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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 27 January 2020).