Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-throated Honeyeater (Nesoptilotis flavicollis)


French: Méliphage à gorge jaune German: Gelbkehl-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero cuelligualdo

Melithreptus flavicollis


, 1817,

Nouvelle Hollande = King Island, Bass Strait, southern Australia




Tasmania and islands in Bass Strait (King I and Furneaux Group).

Descriptive notes

Male 20–23 cm, 18–40 g; female 18–20 cm, 22–33·5 g. Plumage is bright olive-green above, with dark silvery grey head and neck, and bright... read more


Loud and powerful. Eight main vocalizations, with “Trill” and “Tonk song”... read more


Dry and wet sclerophyll forests dominated by eucalypts, including dry eucalypt forests with... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods (insects, some spiders), also nectar and fruit, possibly seeds. Forages at all levels, from canopy to, rarely, ground; mainly in... read more


Season late winter to mid-summer, mainly Sept–Nov, clutches recorded Aug–Dec. Female collects material and builds nest, usually... read more


Resident, with at least some local movements. Males largely sedentary in permanent territories, but... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Tasmania EBA. Fairly common and widespread. No estimates of total population; recorded densities of 0·96... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Yellow-throated Honeyeater (Nesoptilotis flavicollis). 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 20 November 2019).