Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Tawny Straightbill (Timeliopsis griseigula)


French: Méliphage chamois German: Geradschnabel-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero habano

Euthyrhynchus griseigula


, 1871,

Sorong, Vogelkop Peninsula, New Guinea


Apparently isolated populations of uncertain racial identity at Gogol R (Madang Province, on NE coast) and Watut R (Morobe Province, at NW extreme of SE Peninsula); tentatively placed in, respectively, nominate and fulviventris. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. g. griseigula (Schlegel, 1871) – NW & N New Guinea from Vogelkop and Bomberai Peninsula (including Kumawa Mts) E to Humboldt Bay and extending to foothills of S Weyland Mts; also isolated population in Gogol R area (Madang Province).
  • T. g. fulviventris (E. P. Ramsay, 1882) – SE New Guinea on lower Watut R (Morobe Province) and E from Kumusi R and, on S coast, from E Gulf Province.
  • Descriptive notes

    18 cm; male 37–43 g and one female 34 g (nominate), 32 g (fulviventris). Nominate race is olive-brown above, with rufous tinge on uppertail-coverts, remiges... read more


    Main call a fairly loud, rapid, descending series of upslurred whistles, “swee-swee-swee-swee... read more


    Lowland and foothill primary rainforest, also forest edge and tall secondary growth; sea-level to... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods (insects), fruit, nectar and flowers. Forages from understorey to upper canopy, often in lower and middle strata; of 41... read more


    Poorly known. Appears to breed in dry season to early wet season (at least), and suggested as finishing late Jul to early Aug; juvenile... read more


    Probably resident; resident in lowland forest near Brown R.  

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Patchily distributed throughout range. Generally uncommon; can be locally common, e.g. at Lohiki, in Gulf Province. Estimated density 0·1 bird... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Tawny Straightbill (Timeliopsis griseigula). 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).