Yellow-spotted honeyeater Meliphaga notata, photographed by David & Diane Armbrust.

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]
    |       |--M. n. notataM03
    |       `--M. n. mixtaM03
    `--+--M. lewiniiBKB15 [=Ptilotis lewiniiN87]
       |    |--M. l. lewiniiM03
       |    |--M. l. amphochloraM03
       |    |--M. l. mabM03
       |    `--M. l. neaM03
       `--+--+--+--M. albonotataBKB15
          |  |  `--M. gracilis (Gould 1866)JT12, G66a [=Ptilotis gracilisG66a]
          |  |       |--M. g. gracilisM03
          |  |       `--M. g. imitatrixM03
          |  `--+--M. analogaJT12
          |     `--M. orientalisJT12
          `--+--+--M. cinereifronsBKB15
             |  `--+--M. mimikaeBKB15
             |     `--M. montanaJT12
             `--+--M. flavirictusJT12
                `--+--M. reticulataJT12
                   `--+--M. albilineataJT12
                      `--M. fordiana Schodde 1989BKB15, PCC13 [=M. albilineata fordianaM03]
Meliphaga incertae sedis:
  ‘Ptilotis’ auricomisCH89
  M. cassidixA61 [=Ptilotis cassidixG66b]
  ‘Ptilotis’ chrysopsCH89
  ‘Ptilotis’ chrysotisG66a
  M. cratitia (Gould 1840) (see below for synonymy)WS48
  M. fasciogularisFJO08
  ‘Ptilotis’ flava Gould 1842G42
  M. flavescens (Gould 1839) [=Ptilotis flavescens; incl. P. flavescens wyndhami Mathews 1912]WS48
  ‘Ptilotis’ fuscaN87
  M. keartlandi (North 1895) (see below for synonymy)WS48
  M. leucotis (Latham 1801)WS48 (see below for synonymy)
  M. ornata (Gould 1838) (see below for synonymy)WS48
  M. penicillata Gould 1837WS48 (see below for synonymy)
  M. phrygiaCH89
  M. plumula (Gould 1841) (see below for synonymy)WS48
  ‘Ptilotis’ similisG66a
  ‘Ptilotis’ sonoraR87
  M. unicolorSJ85
  ‘Ptilotis’ versicolor Gould 1842G42
  M. vicinaJT12
  M. virescens (Vieillot 1817) (see below for synonymy)WS48

Meliphaga cratitia (Gould 1840) [=Ptilotis cratitius; incl. Lichenostomus occidentalis Cabanis 1851, P. cratitia stirlingi Mathews 1912]WS48

Meliphaga keartlandi (North 1895) [=Ptilotis keartlandi; incl. Sacramela keartlandi cloatesensis Mathews 1923, P. keartlandi mungi Mathews 1912]WS48

Meliphaga leucotis (Latham 1801)WS48 [=Turdus leucotisWS48, Ptilotis leucotisCH89; incl. P. novaenorciae Milligan 1904WS48, Nesoptilotis leucotis woolundra Mathews 1922WS48]

Meliphaga ornata (Gould 1838) [=Ptilotis ornatus; incl. P. ornata munna Mathews 1912, P. ornata wesleydalei Mathews 1913]WS48

Meliphaga penicillata Gould 1837WS48 [=Ptilotis penicillataCH89; incl. P. penicillata calconi Mathews 1912WS48, P. carteri Campbell 1899WS48, P. geraldtonensis Ashby 1921WS48, P. penicillata ladasi Mathews 1912WS48]

Meliphaga plumula (Gould 1841) [=Ptilotis plumulus; incl. P. chrysotis andersoni Mathews 1912, P. planasi Campbell 1910]WS48

Meliphaga virescens (Vieillot 1817) [=Melithreptus virescens; incl. Ptilotis sonora broomei Mathews 1912, Meliphaga virescens glauerti Mathews 1942, Meliphaga virescens hartogi Mathews 1920, P. insularis Milligan 1911, Meliphaga virescens lewisi Mathews 1942, Meliphaga virescens lipferti Mathews 1942, P. sonora murchisoni Mathews 1912, Meliphaga vittata Bonaparte 1854]WS48

*Type species of generic name indicated


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