Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Sulawesi Myzomela (Myzomela chloroptera)


French: Myzomèle des Célèbes German: Sulawesihonigfresser Spanish: Mielero rojo de Célebes

Myzomela chloroptera


, 1872,

Menado, north Sulawesi


Sometimes treated as conspecific with M. wakoloensis and M. boiei, and all three formerly considered conspecific with M. sanguinolenta. Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. batjanensis (which see). Newly discovered Obi population#R may belong with present species or with M. batjanensis, or may represent a separate species#R. Birds on Taliabu (Sula Is) here included in nominate, but appear to represent an as yet undescribed taxon#R, perhaps a distinct species#R; a further undescribed population on nearby Peleng I, currently placed in nominate, may merit treatment as an endemic race or (perhaps unlikely) prove to be more closely related to Taliabu population#R#R; further study needed. Race eva sometimes merged with juga#R. Proposed race charlottae (Latimodjong Mts, in C Sulawesi) inseparable from nominate. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. c. chloroptera Walden, 1872 – mountains of N & C Sulawesi, Banggai Is (Peleng)#R and Sula Is (Taliabu).
  • M. c. juga Riley, 1921 – SW Sulawesi.
  • M. c. eva Meise, 1929 – Selayar and Tanahjampea (S of Sulawesi).
  • Recently found on Obi (taxonomic identity unclear)#R.

    Descriptive notes

    9–12 cm. Male nominate race is distinctive and striking, with head, neck, breast and mantle to uppertail-coverts scarlet-red, forming broad stripe down centre of... read more


    Very vocal; male calls and sings from exposed branches high in canopy. Calls of nominate race... read more


    Mainly primary montane forest and tall secondary forest, including moss forest, possibly mangroves... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar from flowers; a subadult was once attracted to an insect light-trap at night. Frequents canopy and upper midstorey; often forages in... read more


    No information.


    Possibly moves locally to exploit resources.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to scarce. Considered scarce to uncommon on Sulawesi, but common in Lore Lindu National Park and is known from several other... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L., Ford, H. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Sulawesi Myzomela (Myzomela chloroptera). 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 17 November 2019).