Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) - HBW 13, p. 676

French: Méliphage à oreillons bleus German: Blauohr-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero Cariazul
Other common names: White-quilled Honeyeater

Taxonomy: Gracula cyanotis Latham, 1801, Nova Hollandia = Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Closely allied to Melithreptus; allied also to Manorina. Race griseigularis formerly referred to by name harterti, but holotype of latter (from Cooktown, in N Queensland) is intergrade between S New Guinea/N Australian population and nominate race of E Australia. Proposed race apsleyi (Melville I, in Northern Territory) synonymized with albipennis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • griseigularis van Oort, 1909 - S New Guinea (Trans-Fly and Digoel region, from Merauke E to Wassi Kussa R) and N Australia (Cape York Peninsula, in N Queensland).
  • albipennis Gould, 1841 - N Western Australia (Kimberley Division) E across Top End of Northern Territory (including Melville I) to extreme NW Queensland (Nicholson-Leichhardt rivers, on S Gulf of Carpentaria).
  • cyanotis (Latham, 1801) - E Australia from base of Cape York Peninsula S (in Queensland E of Thomson-Barcoo Drainage Basin) to NC & NW Victoria (mainly along Murray R and N foothills of Great Divide) and in SE South Australia.