Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Wakolo Myzomela (Myzomela wakoloensis)


French: Myzomèle de Forbes German: Wakolohonigfresser Spanish: Mielero del Wakolo

Myzomela wakoloensis

H. O. Forbes

, 1883,

Lake Wakolo, Buru, Moluccas


See M. chloroptera. Males of race elisabethae appear to have all-black wing-coverts and uneven black markings on the belly, and may also differ vocally#R; but museum material is seemingly sparse and of poor quality, and more evidence required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. w. wakoloensis H. O. Forbes, 1883 – Buru Myzomela – Buru, in S Moluccas.
  • M. w. elisabethae van Oort, 1911 – Seram Myzomela – Seram, in S Moluccas.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–11·5 cm; 7–9 g (elisabe­thae). Male nominate race is predominantly red above and on much of underbody, with fine black loral stripe... read more


    Undescribed; variants of vocalizations on Buru and Seram said to differ, but not well studied.


    Mainly primary forest and tall secondary forest, possibly also mangroves. Mainly in mountains:... read more

    Food and feeding

    Forages at flowers for nectar; presumably also takes small invertebrates. Usually seen singly or in twos (probably pairs), occasionally in... read more


    No information.


    Possibly locally nomadic.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Buru EBA and Seram EBA. Not well known. Described as moderately common to common on Buru and Seram.

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Wakolo Myzomela (Myzomela wakoloensis). 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).