Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Strong-billed Honeyeater (Melithreptus validirostris)


French: Méliphage à bec fort German: Starkschnabel-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero picudo

Hæmatops validirostris


, 1837,

Van Diemen’s Land = Tasmania


Forms a clade with M. gularis (with laetior) and M. brevirostris, based on phylogeographical analysis#R. Birds of King I described as race kingi, but differences from those elsewhere in range appear insignificant. Monotypic.


Islands in Bass Strait (King I, Flinders I, Cape Barren I) and Tasmania.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; male 23·5–30·5 g, female 17·5–28·5 g. Has neat black cap covering top and side of head and hindneck, arc of bare light blue to... read more


Noisy. Continuous loud short, sharp “cheep” notes, as single or double notes, or in... read more


Mainly mature, wet sclerophyll forests, including stands of mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans... read more

Food and feeding

Usually invertebrates (mainly insects), sometimes also nectar and fruit. Forages in canopy, subcanopy and understorey of trees and shrubs.... read more


Season primarily late winter to mid-summer, Jul to mid-Jan, with eggs recorded Aug–Dec and nestlings mid-Aug to early Sept.... read more


Resident; some local movements from wet sclerophyll forest into dry sclerophyll during winter.... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Tasmania EBA. Widespread in Tasmania. No estimates of total population, but recorded at densities of up to 2... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Strong-billed Honeyeater (Melithreptus validirostris). 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 28 February 2020).