Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii) - HBW 13, p. 589

French: Méliphage de Lewin German: Goldohr-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Lewin
Other common names: (Greater) Yellow-eared Honeyeater, Lewin’s Meliphaga

Taxonomy: Ptilotis lewinii Swainson, 1837, region of Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia.
Molecular evidence suggests that genus consists of two clades; present species forms a group with M. notata and M. aruensis. Proposed race nea (from Dandenong, in Victoria) synonymized with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • amphochlora Schodde, 1989 - McIlwraith Range (E Cape York Peninsula), with outliers on summits S to Cooktown, in NE Queensland.
  • mab (Mathews, 1912) - coastal NE Queensland from Cooktown S to Dawson-Mackenzie Basin, extending inland to summits of Great Divide.
  • lewinii (Swainson, 1837) - coastal E & SE Australia, from Dawson-MacKenzie Basin (Dawes Range) S to Victoria (W Gippsland and Dandenong Ranges), extending inland to summits of Great Divide, with apparently isolated population farther W in North West Slopes and Plains Region of New South Wales.