Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata)


Taxonomy

French: Méliphage marqué German: Torreshonigfresser Spanish: Mielero marcado
Taxonomy:

Ptilotis notata

Gould

, 1867,

Cape York, north Queensland, Australia

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Races intergrade in narrow zone from Cooktown S to about Ayton. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. n. notata (Gould, 1867) – islands of C & S Torres Strait; N Queensland S to Archer–Mitchell Rivers and Princess Charlotte Bay, with outliers S to around Cooktown–Ayton area.
  • M. n. mixta (Mathews, 1912) – coastal NE Queensland from Cooktown S to Paluma Range, Townsville and Cape Cleveland, inland to Atherton Tableland; isolated population at Mt Elliot and records farther S (at Haughton R).
  • Descriptive notes

    16·5–20 cm; male 23·3–33·5g and female 20·5–26·5 g (nominate), male 23–32·3 g and female 21–30 g (... read more

    Voice

    Most common call loud, petulant, high-pitched, staccato and descending, syllables slow and... read more

    Habitat

    Mainly lowland tropical rainforest, including monsoon forest and vine thickets at some sites. Also... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar, fruit and insects. Usually forages in mid-canopy or in shrub layer, at 3–12 m. Searches at flowers and fruits of trees, vines... read more

    Breeding

    Season Aug–Apr. Nest a deep cup, usually of strips of bark and plant fibre and moss, sometimes covered with lichens or large pieces... read more

    Movements

    Apparently resident, with some local movements; occasionally visits top of Paluma Range, where... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Cape York EBA and in Queensland Wet Tropics EBA. No estimates of abundance; seems to be fairly common. Reported... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60271 on 16 September 2019).