Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

White-lined Honeyeater (Microptilotis albilineatus)


French: Méliphage à boucle blanche German: Weißbart-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero listado

Ptilotis albilineata

H. L. White

, 1917,

King River, Northern Territory, Australia


Previously considered conspecific with M. fordianus. Monotypic.


N Northern Territory in W Arnhem Land (Wellington Range and Mt Borradaile S to E headwaters of Mary R and to Katherine Gorge, E to Mann R), in N Australia.

Descriptive notes

17–20·5 cm; male 22·3–29·9 g, female 19–23·5 g. Medium-sized slim honeyeater with short, slender and slightly decurved bill. Has... read more


Variously described as quiet or noisy. Song, given at most times of day and throughout year, of 2... read more


Vegetated gorges, gulleys, cliffs and plateaux of rugged sandstone escarpments and ranges, mostly... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes invertebrates, mainly insects, some spiders (Araneae), also nectar, fruit and some seeds. Forages in dense upper branches of... read more


Few details. Eggs recorded in Sept, newly hatched nestlings early Oct, recently vacated nest mid-Jan, and two fledglings 23 Jan; from... read more


Apparently sedentary, possibly with some local movements.  

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Probably not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in North-west Australia EBA. Not well known; perhaps locally common. Often secretive and... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L., Ford, H. & de Juana, E. (2019). White-lined Honeyeater (Microptilotis albilineatus). 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).