Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)


French: Méliphage lancéolé German: Strichelhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero lanceolado

Plectorhyncha lanceolata


, 1838,

New South Wales, Australia




E Australia from C & SE Queensland (mainly S of 20° S) S & SW through inland and NE New South Wales (extending to coast S to about Sydney) to NW Victoria and SE South Australia (E of Yorke Peninsula).

Descriptive notes

21·5–23·6 cm; male 33–48g, female 33–45 g. Medium-large honey­eater with short, virtually straight bill and longish tail with slight notch... read more


Typically noisy, and vocalizes periodically through day. Stationary song (usually given while... read more


Diverse range of generally tall and open, dry sclerophyll woodlands. Often in eucalypt woodlands,... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes nectar, seeds, fruits, and invertebrates (mainly insects and their larvae). Forages mostly in foliage and from upper branches... read more


Recorded in Aug–Jan, mostly Oct–Nov. Usually nests solitarily; co-operative breeding observed occasionally. Nest built by both... read more


Appears to be resident over much of range. Some movements recorded, however, even in regions or at... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rather uncommon. No estimates of population. Range has expanded into SE Queensland, mainly since 1960s. At least formerly, considered a pest in... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata). 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 15 December 2019).