Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Caligavis chrysops)


French: Méliphage à joues d’or German: Dreistreifen-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero carigualdo

Sylvia chrysops


, 1801,

Nova Hollandia = region of Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia


Sister to the pair C. obscura and C. subfrenata#R. Validity of poorly differentiated race barroni requires confirmation. Three subspecies provisionally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. barroni (Mathews, 1912) – montane NE Queensland from Shiptons Flat–Mt Amos–Mt Finnigan (near Cooktown) S, including Atherton and Windsor–Carbine Tablelands, to Clarke–Connors Ranges, in NE Australia.
  • C. c. chrysops (Latham, 1801) – NE Queensland (Dawson–Mackenzie Basin) S, inland to W slopes of Great Divide (scattered records W of this range), to Victoria and SE South Australia.
  • C. c. samueli (Mathews, 1912) – S Flinders Ranges, Mt Lofty Ranges and Fleurieu Peninsula, in SE South Australia.
  • Descriptive notes

    15–17·5 cm; male 12–20·5g and female 15–20 g (nominate), two males 17–17·5 g and female 15–16 g (samueli), male 14... read more


    Typical daytime song 1·8–2·6 seconds in duration, of 4–6 brief syllables... read more


    Dry, open sclerophyll forests and woodlands dominated by Eucalyptus, including savanna and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Wide range of items, including nectar (often of Eucalyptus, Banksia) and pollen, fruit and seeds, manna, and lerp and... read more


    Season broadly Jul–Mar, with clutches early Aug to late Feb and nestlings reported until early Mar. Nest built by female, often... read more


    Nominate race partly migratory; isolated breeding populations of NE Queensland (barroni)... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in most of range. No estimates of total population; recorded densities of 0·01–2·2 birds/ha and 0·25–1... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Caligavis chrysops). 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 17 January 2020).