Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens)


French: Méliphage flavescent German: Sichelohr-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero amarillento

Ptilotis flavescens


, 1840,

Derby, King Sound, Western Australia


In past, often treated as conspecific with P. fusca. Birds of New Guinea sometimes separated as race germana, but very similar in appearance to those of Australia; further study required. Proposed races deserticola (Kimberley district of Western Australia) and zanda (Normanton, in Queensland) both included in nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. f. melvillensis (Mathews, 1912) – Tiwi Is (Bathurst I, Melville I), off N Northern Territory, in N Australia.
  • P. f. flavescens (Gould, 1840) – SE New Guinea (from Aroa R E to near Port Moresby, inland to Sogeri Plateau); and from N Western Australia (Kimberley Division and associated offshore islands) E through S Top End (largely absent Arafura coast and most of Arnhem Land) to N & NW Queensland.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–15·5 cm; male 11–16 g and female 9·5–15·5 g (nominate), male 16·5–17 g and female 13–15·5 g (... read more


    In Australia, song “porra-cheu, porra-cheu, porra-cheu-cheu-cheu”, described as short... read more


    Tropical open sclerophyll forests and woodlands, usually near rivers or other wetlands, typically... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar and invertebrates (mostly insects, some spiders), also some seeds (possibly from fruit) and honeydew. Forages at all heights.... read more


    In Australia recorded in all months, mainly in dry season, but around Innisfail (NE Queensland) said to breed Sept–Oct and Jan, and... read more


    Resident, recorded throughout year at many sites; some local movements in response to availability... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common. No estimates of total population; in Australia, recorded mean density of 0·55 birds/ha NW of Katherine, in Northern Territory.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2020). Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens). 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).