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Meliphagidae - Honeyeaters

 

Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Passeriformes 
 Family: Meliphagidae
Yellow-face honeyeaterThere are around 177 bird species in this family. They are found in forests, cultivated lands, and brushlands of Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

These birds are 4-16 inches in length and have a long brush-tipped tongue that they use to gather nectar. They have long, curved bills; long, pointed wings; and medium to long tails.

Honeyeaters, and the other birds in this family, come in a variety of colors and patterns ranging from browns to yellows and grays. Some species are patterned with patches of red, yellow, white, and black. They eat nectar, fruit. and insects.

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World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  None

Other Species Around the World

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Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater - Acanthagenys rufogularis Least Concern Australia
Western Spinebill - Acanthorhynchus superciliosus Least Concern Australia
Eastern Spinebill - Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris Least Concern Australia
Red Wattlebird - Anthochaera carunculata Least Concern Australia
Little Wattlebird - Anthochaera chrysoptera Least Concern Australia
Western Wattlebird - Anthochaera lunulata Least Concern Australia
Yellow Wattlebird - Anthochaera paradoxa Least Concern Australia
Chatham Bellbird - Anthornis melanocephala extinct Australia
New Zealand Bellbird - Anthornis melanura Least Concern Australia
Gibberbird - Ashbyia lovensis Least Concern Australia
Black Honeyeater - Certhionyx niger Least Concern Australia
Banded Honeyeater - Certhionyx pectoralis Least Concern Australia
Pied Honeyeater - Certhionyx variegatus Least Concern Australia
Rufous-banded Honeyeater - Conopophila albogularis Least Concern Asia Australia
Rufous-throated Honeyeater - Conopophila rufogularis Least Concern Australia
Gray Honeyeater - Conopophila whitei Least Concern Australia
Blue-faced Honeyeater - Entomyzon cyanotis Least Concern Australia
White-fronted Chat - Epthianura albifrons Least Concern Australia
Orange Chat - Epthianura aurifrons Least Concern Australia
Yellow Chat - Epthianura crocea Least Concern Australia
Crimson Chat - Epthianura tricolor Least Concern Australia
Wattled Honeyeater - Foulehaio carunculatus Least Concern Australia
Green-backed Honeyeater - Glycichaera fallax Least Concern Asia Australia
Painted Honeyeater - Grantiella picta Vulnerable Australia
Guadalcanal Honeyeater - Guadalcanaria inexpectata Least Concern Australia
Crow Honeyeater - Gymnomyza aubryana Critically Endangered Australia
Mao - Gymnomyza samoensis Endangered Australia
Giant Honeyeater - Gymnomyza viridis Least Concern Australia
Yellow-faced Honeyeater - Lichenostomus chrysops Least Concern Australia
Purple-gaped Honeyeater - Lichenostomus cratitius Least Concern Australia
Mangrove Honeyeater - Lichenostomus fasciogularis Least Concern Australia
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater - Lichenostomus flavescens Least Concern Australia
Yellow-throated Honeyeater - Lichenostomus flavicollis Least Concern Australia
Yellow Honeyeater - Lichenostomus flavus Least Concern Australia
Bridled Honeyeater - Lichenostomus frenatus Least Concern Australia
Fuscous Honeyeater - Lichenostomus fuscus Least Concern Australia
Eungella Honeyeater - Lichenostomus hindwoodi Least Concern Australia
Gray-headed Honeyeater - Lichenostomus keartlandi Least Concern Australia
White-eared Honeyeater - Lichenostomus leucotis Least Concern Australia
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater - Lichenostomus melanops Least Concern Australia
Obscure Honeyeater - Lichenostomus obscurus Least Concern Asia Australia
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater - Lichenostomus ornatus Least Concern Australia
White-plumed Honeyeater - Lichenostomus penicillatus Least Concern Australia
Gray-fronted Honeyeater - Lichenostomus plumulus Least Concern Australia
Black-throated Honeyeater-Lichenostomus subfrenatus Least Concern Asia Australia
White-gaped Honeyeater - Lichenostomus unicolor Least Concern Australia
Varied Honeyeater - Lichenostomus versicolor Least Concern Asia Australia
Singing Honeyeater - Lichenostomus virescens Least Concern Australia
Silver-eared Honeyeater - Lichmera alboauricularis Least Concern Asia Australia
Olive Honeyeater - Lichmera argentauris Least Concern Asia
Buru Honeyeater - Lichmera deningeri Least Concern Asia
Yellow-eared Honeyeater - Lichmera flavicans Least Concern Asia
Dark-brown Honeyeater - Lichmera incana Least Concern Australia
Brown Honeyeater - Lichmera indistincta Least Concern Asia Australia
Indonesian Honeyeater - Lichmera limbata Least Concern Asia
Scaly-crowned Honeyeater - Lichmera lombokia Least Concern Asia
Seram Honeyeater - Lichmera monticola Least Concern Asia
Black-chested Honeyeater - Lichmera notabilis Near Threatened Asia
White-tufted Honeyeater - Lichmera squamata Least Concern Asia
Ochre-winged Honeyeater - Macgregoria pulchra Vulnerable Asia Australia
Yellow-throated Miner - Manorina flavigula Least Concern Australia
Noisy Miner - Manorina melanocephala Least Concern Australia
Bell Miner - Manorina melanophrys Least Concern Australia
Black-eared Miner - Manorina melanotis Endangered Australia
Belford's Melidectes - Melidectes belfordi Least Concern Asia Australia
Huon Melidectes - Melidectes foersteri Least Concern Australia
Sooty Melidectes - Melidectes fuscus Least Concern Asia Australia
Vogelkop Melidectes - Melidectes leucostephes Least Concern Asia
Short-bearded Melidectes - Melidectes nouhuysi Least Concern Asia Australia
Cinnamon-browed Melidectes - Melidectes ochromelas Least Concern Asia Australia
Long-bearded Melidectes - Melidectes princeps Vulnerable Australia
Yellow-browed Melidectes - Melidectes rufocrissalis Least Concern Asia Australia
San Cristobal Melidectes - Melidectes sclateri Least Concern Australia
Ornate Melidectes - Melidectes torquatus Least Concern Asia Australia
Bismarck Melidectes - Melidectes whitemanensis Near Threatened Asia*
Long-billed Honeyeater - Melilestes megarhynchus Least Concern Asia Australia
White-lined Honeyeater - Meliphaga albilineata Least Concern Australia
Scrub Honeyeater - Meliphaga albonotata Least Concern Asia Australia
Mimic Honeyeater - Meliphaga analoga Least Concern Asia Australia
Puff-backed Honeyeater - Meliphaga aruensis Least Concern Asia Australia
Yellow-gaped Honeyeater - Meliphaga flavirictus Least Concern Asia Australia
Graceful Honeyeater - Meliphaga gracilis Least Concern Asia Australia
Lewin's Honeyeater - Meliphaga lewinii Least Concern Australia
Mottle-breasted Honeyeater - Meliphaga mimikae Least Concern Asia Australia
Forest Honeyeater - Meliphaga montana Least Concern Asia Australia
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater - Meliphaga notata Least Concern Australia
Hill-forest Honeyeater - Meliphaga orientalis Least Concern Asia Australia
Streaky-breasted Honeyeater - Meliphaga reticulata Least Concern Asia
Tagula Honeyeater - Meliphaga vicina Australia
  Spangled Honeyeater - Melipotes ater Least Concern Australia
Smoky Honeyeater - Melipotes fumigatus Least Concern Asia Australia
Arfak Honeyeater - Melipotes gymnops Least Concern Asia
Black-headed Honeyeater - Melithreptus affinis Least Concern Australia
White-throated Honeyeater - Melithreptus albogularis Least Concern Asia Australia
Brown-headed Honeyeater - Melithreptus brevirostris Least Concern Australia
Black-chinned Honeyeater - Melithreptus gularis Least Concern Australia
White-naped Honeyeater - Melithreptus lunatus Least Concern Australia
Strong-billed Honeyeater - Melithreptus validirostris Least Concern Australia
White-streaked Friarbird - Melitograis gilolensis Least Concern Asia Asia
Dark-eared Myza - Myza celebensis Least Concern Asia
White-eared Myza - Myza sarasinorum Least Concern Asia
Mountain Myzomela - Myzomela adolphinae Least Concern Asia Australia
White-chinned Myzomela - Myzomela albigula Australia
Drab Myzomela - Myzomela blasii Least Concern Asia
Banda Myzomela - Myzomela boiei Least Concern Asia
New Caledonian Myzomela - Myzomela caledonica Least Concern Australia
Cardinal Myzomela - Myzomela cardinalis Least Concern Australia
Rotuma Myzomela - Myzomela chermesina Vulnerable Australia
Sulawesi Myzomela - Myzomela chloroptera Least Concern Asia
Red Myzomela - Myzomela cruentata Least Concern Asia Australia
Sumba Myzomela - Myzomela dammermani Least Concern Asia
Yellow-vented Myzomela - Myzomela eichhorni Least Concern Australia
Red-throated Myzomela - Myzomela eques Least Concern Asia Australia
Red-headed Myzomela - Myzomela erythrocephala Least Concern Asia Australia
Black-bellied Myzomela - Myzomela erythromelas Least Concern Australia
Orange-breasted Myzomela - Myzomela jugularis Least Concern Australia
Crimson-hooded Myzomela - Myzomela kuehni Near Threatened Asia
Scarlet-naped Myzomela - Myzomela lafargei Least Concern Australia
Red-bellied Myzomela - Myzomela malaitae Near Threatened Australia
Black-headed Myzomela - Myzomela melanocephala Least Concern Australia
Black Myzomela - Myzomela nigrita Least Concern Asia Australia
Dusky Myzomela - Myzomela obscura Least Concern Asia Australia
Ebony Myzomela - Myzomela pammelaena Least Concern Australia
Olive-yellow Myzomela - Myzomela pulchella Least Concern Australia
Red-collared Myzomela - Myzomela rosenbergii Least Concern Asia Australia
Micronesian Myzomela - Myzomela rubratra Least Concern Australia
Scarlet Myzomela - Myzomela sanguinolenta Least Concern Australia
Scarlet-bibbed Myzomela - Myzomela sclateri Least Concern Australia
Sooty Myzomela - Myzomela tristrami Least Concern Australia
Red-rumped Myzomela - Myzomela vulnerata Least Concern Asia
Wakolo Myzomela - Myzomela wakoloensis Least Concern Asia
Stitchbird - Notiomystis cincta Vulnerable Australia
Orange-cheeked Honeyeater - Oreornis chrysogenys Least Concern Asia
White-naped Friarbird - Philemon albitorques Least Concern Australia
Silver-crowned Friarbird - Philemon argenticeps Least Concern Australia
Brass's Friarbird - Philemon brassi Near Threatened Asia
Helmeted Friarbird - Philemon buceroides Least Concern Asia Australia
Little Friarbird - Philemon citreogularis Least Concern Asia Australia
New Britain Friarbird - Philemon cockerelli Least Concern Australia
Noisy Friarbird - Philemon corniculatus Least Concern Asia Australia
New Caledonian Friarbird - Philemon diemenensis Least Concern Australia
New Ireland Friarbird - Philemon eichhorni Least Concern Australia
Dusky Friarbird - Philemon fuscicapillus Vulnerable Asia Australia
Plain Friarbird - Philemon inornatus Least Concern Asia
Meyer's Friarbird - Philemon meyeri Least Concern Asia Australia
Black-faced Friarbird - Philemon moluccensis Least Concern Asia
New Guinea Friarbird - Philemon novaeguineae Least Concern Asia Australia
Gray-necked Friarbird - Philemon subcorniculatus Least Concern Asia
White-fronted Honeyeater - Phylidonyris albifrons Least Concern Australia
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater - Phylidonyris melanops Least Concern Australia
White-cheeked Honeyeater - Phylidonyris niger Least Concern Australia
New Hebrides Honeyeater - Phylidonyris notabilis Least Concern Australia
New Holland Honeyeater - Phylidonyris novaehollandiae Least Concern Australia
Crescent Honeyeater - Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus Least Concern Australia
Barred Honeyeater - Phylidonyris undulatus Least Concern Australia
Striped Honeyeater - Plectorhyncha lanceolata Least Concern Australia
Tui - Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae Least Concern Australia
Rufous-sided Honeyeater - Ptiloprora erythropleura Least Concern Asia
Rufous-backed Honeyeater - Ptiloprora guisei Least Concern Australia
Mayr's Honeyeater - Ptiloprora mayri Least Concern Asia Australia
Olive-streaked Honeyeater - Ptiloprora meekiana Least Concern Asia Australia
Black-backed Honeyeater - Ptiloprora perstriata Least Concern Asia Australia
Leaden Honeyeater - Ptiloprora plumbea Least Concern Asia Australia
Marbled Honeyeater - Pycnopygius cinereus Least Concern Asia Australia
Plain Honeyeater - Pycnopygius ixoides Least Concern Asia Australia
Streak-headed Honeyeater-Pycnopygius stictocephalus Least Concern Asia Australia
Bar-breasted Honeyeater - Ramsayornis fasciatus Least Concern Australia
Brown-backed Honeyeater - Ramsayornis modestus Least Concern Asia Australia
Bougainville Honeyeater - Stresemannia bougainvillei Least Concern Australia
Olive Straightbill - Timeliopsis fulvigula Least Concern Asia Australia
Tawny Straightbill - Timeliopsis griseigula Least Concern Asia Australia
White-streaked Honeyeater - Trichodere cockerelli Least Concern Australia
Regent Honeyeater - Xanthomyza phrygia Endangered Australia
Tawny-breasted Honeyeater - Xanthotis flaviventer Least Concern Asia Australia
Macleay's Honeyeater - Xanthotis macleayanus Least Concern Australia
Spotted Honeyeater - Xanthotis polygrammus Least Concern Asia Australia
Kadavu Honeyeater - Xanthotis provocator Least Concern Australia

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Black-eared Miner - Manorina melanotis profile Photos Endangered Australia
The black-eared miner is found in Australia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Long-bearded Melidectes - Melidectes princeps Photos Vulnerable Australia
The long-bearded melidectes is found in Papua New Guinea.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Mao - Gymnomyza samoensis Photos Endangered Australia
The mao is found in Samoa.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Ochre-winged Honeyeater - Macgregoria pulchra profile Photos Video Vulnerable Asia Australia
The ochre-winged honeyeater is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Painted Honeyeater - Grantiella picta profile Photos Vulnerable Australia
The painted honeyeater is found in Australia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Regent Honeyeater - Xanthomyza phrygia profile Photos Endangered Australia
The regent honeyeater is found in Australia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Rotuma Myzomela - Myzomela chermesina Photos Vulnerable Australia
The rotuma myzomela is found in Fiji.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Tui - Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae Photos Video Least Concern Australia
The tui is found in northwestern New Zealand.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes