Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata)


French: Méliphage marqué German: Torreshonigfresser Spanish: Mielero marcado

Ptilotis notata


, 1867,

Cape York, north Queensland, Australia


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


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


    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


    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


    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. (2020). 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 on 27 January 2020).