Scarlet Honeyeater (species: Myzomela (Myzomela) sanguinolenta) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Myzomela (Myzomela) sanguinolenta
Scarlet Honeyeater

©Greg Miles from Australia: Male

©Brett Donald: Female

©Tom Tarrant: Male Scarlet Honeyeater (Scarlet Honeyeater)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Meliphagidae
Genus Myzomela
Species Myzomela (Myzomela) sanguinolenta
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The male has a bright red head, breast, back and rump, black tail and wings (wing feathers have white margins) with a white abdomen.

The female is a pale brown with a whitish abdomen. Both have black bills and eyes. (Wikipedia)


  • From 10 cm to 11 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela (Myzomela) sanguinolenta)

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Scarlet Myzomela is found from Gippsland in Victoria north through eastern coastal Australia east of the Great Dividing Range to Cape York. Outside Australia it occurs in Indonesia, where it is found on Sulawesi, the Maluku and Lesser Sunda Islands, and in New Caledonia.

It is found in forested areas. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


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© Eliot Miller


It is omnivorous, feeding on insects as well as nectar. (Wikipedia)

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