Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

White-streaked Honeyeater (Trichodere cockerelli)


French: Méliphage de Cockerell German: Uferhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Cockerell

Ptilotis cockerelli


, 1869,

Cape York, north Queensland, Australia




NE Queensland (Cape York Peninsula S to Aurukun in W, and in E extending farther S along coast to Cooktown and Shiptons Flat), in NE Australia.

Descriptive notes

14–17 cm; male 14–20 g, female 12–13·5 g. Has top and side of head grey, heavily speckled paler grey on lores, around eye and on anterior ear-coverts... read more


Calls loud. Main call said to be a series of rapid staccato notes or a rattle (like sound of... read more


Mainly tropical dry open forests and woodlands dominated by eucalypts, sometimes mixed with... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly nectar; also arthropods (insects). Forages in crowns of low flowering trees or in shrubs (including Eucalyptus, ... read more


Not well known. Breeding recorded in wet season, with eggs in Jan and fledglings Jan and Apr, and in dry season, with unspecified breeding... read more


Apparently resident, with local movements (described as locally nomadic), probably in response to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Cape York EBA. Fairly common; no measures of abundance.  

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). White-streaked Honeyeater (Trichodere cockerelli). 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).