Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Sumba Myzomela (Myzomela dammermani)


French: Myzomèle de Sumba German: Sumbahonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Sumba

Myzomela erythrocephala dammermani


, 1928,

Sumba, Lesser Sundas


Sometimes treated as conspecific with M. kuehni and M. erythrocephala. Population on Roti (off SW Timor) commonly treated within present species, but almost certainly an undescribed taxon; perhaps a separate species, with vocalizations very distinct from those of Sumba birds#R. Monotypic.


Sumba and (perhaps a separate species) Roti, in Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

11 cm. Male is distinctive, with dark red head and neck forming hood, sharply demarcated from blackish mantle, back and scapulars, and with narrow clear-cut black loral... read more


Undescribed; considered quiet.


Mainly primary forest, especially deciduous forest, and often seen at forest edge; recorded also in... read more

Food and feeding

No details of diet. Seen mainly in middle storey to canopy levels of forest; of 84 observations, 77·4% in canopy (more than 15 m... read more


No information.


Resident; probably at least some local movements to exploit flowering plants.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sumba EBA. Total population on Sumba estimated at 129,600 individuals, based on density of 120 birds/km² in... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Sumba Myzomela (Myzomela dammermani). 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 20 February 2020).