Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Purple-gaped Honeyeater (Lichenostomus cratitius) - HBW 13, p. 605

French: Méliphage grimé German: Purpurzügel-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Boqueras
Other common names: Lilac-wattled/(Victorian) Wattle-cheeked/Mountain Purple-gaped Honeyeater

Taxonomy: Ptilotis cratitius Gould, 1841, interior of South Australia and Kangaroo I = Kangaroo I, South Australia.
Probably forms a superspecies with L. keartlandi. Type locality was formerly assumed to be mainland South Australia (either “interior of South Australia” or “Upper Torrens” R), but is, in fact, Kangaroo I; mainland populations thus belong in race occidentalis. Name halmaturinus (type from Kangaroo I) is therefore a synonym of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • occidentalis Cabanis, 1851 - mallee from S Western Australia (area from Wheatbelt E to Kalgoorlie, S to Albany and Cape Arid) E, discontinously, to S South Australia and the SW Murray-Mallee E to NW & NC Victoria.
  • cratitius (Gould, 1841) - Kangaroo I, off South Australia.