Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata) - HBW 13, p. 589

French: Méliphage marqué German: Torreshonigfresser Spanish: Mielero Marcado
Other common names: Lesser Lewin/Little Lewin Honeyeater, Yellow-spotted Meliphaga

Taxonomy: Ptilotis notata Gould, 1867, Cape York, north Queensland, Australia.
Molecular evidence suggests that genus consists of two clades; present species forms a group with M. lewinii and M. aruensis. Races intergrade in narrow zone from Cooktown S to about Ayton. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • notata (Gould, 1867) - islands of C & S Torres Strait; N Queensland S to Archer-Mitchell rivers and Princess Charlotte Bay, with outliers S to around Cooktown-Ayton area.
  • mixta (Mathews, 1912) - coastal NE Queensland from Cooktown S to Paluma Range, Townsville and Cape Cleveland, inland to Atherton Tableland; isolated population at Mt Elliot and records farther S (at Haughton R).