Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Yellow Honeyeater (Lichenostomus flavus) - HBW 13, p. 602

French: Méliphage jaune German: Zitronenhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero Amarillo
Other common names: Broadbent’s Honeyeater

Taxonomy: Ptilotis flava Gould, 1843, Port Essington, N coast of Australia = Cape York, north-east Queensland, Australia.
Thought to form a species group with L. unicolor. Geographical variation possibly clinal (e.g. wing length appears to decrease clinally from S to N, but much individual variation), and differences between races slight; races appear to be separated by high ridges of Burdekin-Lynd Divide but may come into contact along narrow lowland corridor E of Great Divide, and apparently intergrade where they abut; more material from S of range required. Two subspecies provisionally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • flavus (Gould, 1843) - Cape York Peninsula and coastal and subcoastal far NE Queensland S to about Burketown (SE Gulf of Carpentaria) in W and to Burdekin-Lynd Divide in E.
  • addendus (Mathews, 1912) - coastal and subcoastal CE Queensland, from high country of Burdekin-Lynd Divide S to Broad Sound.