Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Data Deficient

Tagula Honeyeater (Microptilotis vicina)


French: Méliphage de Tagula German: Tagulahonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Tagula

Ptilotis analoga vicina

Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1912,

Sudest Island = Tagula Island, Louisiade Archipelago, New Guinea


Appears to be close to M. analogus or M. gracilis, and has been thought possibly conspecific with one or other, but differs vocally from both; conspecificity with gracilis seems implausible given latter’s much smaller size, but morphological differences from analogus hard to diagnose, although present species slightly larger and with noticeably larger feet. Assessment of vocal distinctiveness needed. Monotypic.


Tagula I, in Louisiade Archipelago, off SE New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

16·5–17 cm. Mostly olive above, with greyish forehead, small pale yellow rictal streak, rounded yellow ear-patch; soft rump-tuft of greyish feathers with olive... read more




Thought to inhabit forest and forest edge; lowlands and hills, to 600–800 m.  

Food and feeding

No information.  


No information.  


Not known; probably sedentary.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. Restricted-range species: present in Louisiade Archipelago EBA. Found only on Tagula I (c. 866 km²). Very... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L., Ford, H. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Tagula Honeyeater (Microptilotis vicina). 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).