Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta) - HBW 13, p. 661

French: Méliphage brunâtre German: Braunhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero Pardo
Other common names: Australian Brown/Least/Warbling Honeyeater

Taxonomy: Meliphaga indistincta Vigors and Horsfield, 1827, King George Sound, south Western Australia.
Forms a superspecies with L. limbata and L. incana. Race ocularis intergrades with nominate through SE Gulf of Carpentaria Drainage. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • nupta (Stresemann, 1912) - Aru Is.
  • melvillensis (Mathews, 1912) - Tiwi Is (Bathurst I, Melville I), off N Northern Territory (N Australia).
  • indistincta (Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) - Western Australia (E to fringes of deserts and, in S, along coastal fringe S of Nullarbor Plain to about Eyre) and Northern Territory (S to C ranges) E to SE Gulf of Carpentaria and NW Queensland (Selwyn Range), and CN South Australia.
  • ocularis (Gould, 1838) - S New Guinea (S Trans-Fly region, including around Merauke, Bensbach R and L Daviambu), Saibai I (in N Torres Strait) and E Australia from Cape York Peninsula S to SW Queensland and CN & CE New South Wales (S to around Sydney).