Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Singing Honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens) - HBW 13, p. 598

French: Méliphage chanteur German: Pfeifhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero Cantarín
Other common names: Black-faced/Large-striped/Forrest’s Honeyeater

Taxonomy: Melithreptus virescens Vieillot, 1817, Nouvelle Hollande = Shark Bay, Western Australia.
Forms a superspecies with L. versicolor and L. fasciogularis; once considered conspecific with former. Races intergrade where they meet: cooperi intergrades with forresti in N Northern Territory; forresti intergrades with sonorus in narrow band from N Queensland (E drainage of Gulf of Carpentaria) S through C Cooper Creek Drainage to N Flinders Ranges and Gawler Ranges (South Australia), and with nominate from W Western Australia (between North West Cape and Shark Bay) E to W Eyre Peninsula (South Australia); in S South Australia, nominate, .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Melithreptus virescens Vieillot, 1817, Nouvelle Hollande = Shark Bay, Western Australia.
Forms a superspecies with L. versicolor and L. fasciogularis; once considered conspecific with former. Races intergrade where they meet: cooperi intergrades with forresti in N Northern Territory; forresti intergrades with sonorus in narrow band from N Queensland (E drainage of Gulf of Carpentaria) S through C Cooper Creek Drainage to N Flinders Ranges and Gawler Ranges (South Australia), and with nominate from W Western Australia (between North West Cape and Shark Bay) E to W Eyre Peninsula (South Australia); in S South Australia, nominate, forresti and sonorus overlap in three-way melange SW of Gawler Ranges. Proposed race insularis (from Rottnest I, off Perth, in Western Australia) considered indistinguishable from nominate, and westwoodia (Westwood, in S Queensland) synonymized with sonorus. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • cooperi (Mathews, 1912) - Tiwi Is (Bathurst I, Melville I) and N Northern Territory (S to Victoria R and SW Gulf of Carpentaria, including Groote Eylandt and Sir Edward Pellew Is), in N Australia.
  • forresti (Ingram, 1906) - Western Australia from Kimberley Division S to Shark Bay and Wheatbelt, E to SE Gulf of Carpentaria and NC Queensland, South Australia (N Eyre Peninsula and N Flinders Ranges) and NW New South Wales.
  • sonorus (Gould, 1841) - CN Queensland (Burdekin-Flinders rivers to Dawson-Mackenzie Basin) S, W of Great Divide, to SE South Australia (E from Eyre Peninsula) and W Victoria (W of Westernport Bay).
  • virescens (Vieillot, 1817) - coastal and subcoastal SW & S Western Australia, from Carnarvon-Shark Bay S (including Rottnest I) to SW capes (absent from wetter far SW), inland to Wheatbelt, and E to SC South Australia (E to W Eyre Peninsula).