Belongs within: Acanthizidae. Acanthiza, the thornbills, is an Australasian genus of small birds with a thin, moderately long beak and commonly with olive or grey upperparts and pale underparts. <==Acanthiza Vigors & Horsfield 1825CC10 | i. s.: A. cinereaOF19 |–+–A. lineataBKB15 | `–+–A. murinaBKB15 | `–A. nanaJT12 `–+–A. chrysorrhoa (Quoy & Gaimard 1830)BKB15, WS48 [=Saxicola… Continue reading Acanthiza


Belongs within: Meliphagidae. The brown honeyeaters Published 3 November 2016 Honeyeaters are one of the first groups of birds likely to be noticed by newcomers to Australia (after the crows and magpies, of course). Though generally not large birds, they are active, noisy and often colourful. Individuals or small groups of them will almost invariably… Continue reading Lichmera


Belongs within: Meliphagoidea.Contains: Meliphaga, Anthochaera, Lichenostomus, Manorina, Melidectes, Melithreptus, Myzomela, Gliciphila, Philemon, Lichmera, Phylidonyris. The Meliphagidae include the honeyeaters, a diverse group of birds found primarily in Australasia and Oceania. Honeyeaters have tongues modified for feeding on nectar (hence their vernacular name), but also feed on insects.The Australian chats of the genus Epthianura and the… Continue reading Meliphagidae


Belongs within: Meliphagidae. Myzomela is a genus of honeyeaters found in Indonesia, Australasia and western Oceania. Members of this genus are characterised by brilliant red and black colouration. Characters (from Schodde & Mason 1999): Size small; plumage iridescent red and black; tongue with shallow medial furcation; tail short and square-cut; eggs white-based with reddish-brown spotting.… Continue reading Myzomela


Belongs within: Meliphagidae. The genus Philemon includes the friarbirds, medium-sized to large honeyeaters found from eastern Indonesia to Australia and New Caledonia. Members of this genus have dull plumage, and varying amounts of bare skin on the head. A knob-like structure is commonly present on top of the bill close to its base. Characters (from… Continue reading Philemon


Belongs within: Meliphagidae. Melithreptus is a genus of honeyeaters found in Australia whose members feed by gleaning along branches and foliage, and nest communally (Schodde & Mason 1999). Characters (from Schodde & Mason 1999): Back green; tail square; head dusky with white nuchal bar and spot of bare, coloured postorbital skin. Palatine shelf distinctively constricted;… Continue reading Melithreptus


Belongs within: Meliphagidae. Phylidonyris is a genus of slender-bodied and -billed honeyeaters found in Australia and the south-west Pacific. Members of this genus have yellow remige patches, and palatines with broadened incurved pre-palatine stems and raised, attenuately winged transpalatine process (Schodde & Mason 1999). <==Phylidonyris Lesson 1831 [Phylidonyridae]B94 | i. s.: P. notabilisJT12 |–P. pyrrhopterusJF06,… Continue reading Phylidonyris


Belongs within: Meliphagidae. Meliphaga is a genus of honeyeaters found from Indonesia to northern and eastern Australia. Members of this genus have prevailingly uniform olive-green plumage marked only by rounded flavonoid ear plumes and gape stripes (Schodde & Mason 1999). <==Meliphaga Lewin 1808 [incl. Ptilotis Swainson 1837; Ptilotidae]B94 |–+–M. aruensisBKB15 | `–M. notataBKB15 [=Ptilotis notataR87]… Continue reading Meliphaga


Belongs within: Acanthizidae. Gerygone is a genus of small insectivorous birds found in Australasia and south-east Asia. Most species feed by gleaning prey in the middle to upper canopies. The brown warbler G. mouki of south-eastern Australia and grey warbler G. igata of New Zealand may feed among lower vegetation than other species, with the… Continue reading Gerygone


Belongs within: Euoscines.Contains: Meliphagidae, Acanthizidae, Malurus. The Meliphagoidea is a clade of birds found in the Australasian region, supported by molecular analysis. The clade includes the honeyeaters (Meliphagidae), fairy wrens (Maluridae), pardalotes (Pardalotus), Australasian warblers (Acanthizidae) and bristlebirds (Dasyornis). <==Meliphagoidea |–+–Dasyornis Vigors & Horsfield 1827JF06, B94 [Dasyornithidae, Dasyornithinae] | | |–D. brachypterus (Latham 1801)WS48 [=Turdus… Continue reading Meliphagoidea