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Dusky Myzomela - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Dusky Honeyeater; Obi Myzomela; Red-tinged Myzomela

Subspecies obscura
Photo © by Pearly_Shells
Mount Molloy, Queensland, Australia, August 2004

Includes: Obi Myzomela / Red-tinged Myzomela, Sultan's Myzomela

Myzomela obscura


13–15 cm (5-6 in)

  • Dark grey brown upperparts
  • Paler underparts
  • Dark eye patch
  • Black iris
  • Brown legs and feet
  • Downcurved black bill
Subspecies rubrobrunnea
Photo © by mehdhalaouate
Supiori, Indonesia, August 2004
Subspecies harterti
Photo © by peterday
Yungaburra, Queensland, Australia, June 2019


Asia and Australasia
Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Lesser Sundas, Moluccas
Australasia: Papua New Guinea, Australia: New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Melanesia


It is a Meliphagidae (honeyeaters and allies) member of the passerine family. Ssp. simplex may be treated as a separate species ("Sultan's Myzomela", Myzomela simplex); ssp. rubrotincta may be elevated as "Obi Myzomela" or "Red-tinged Myzomela" (M. rubrotincta).


Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:

  • M. o. aruensis: Aru Islands (New Guinea)
  • M. o. rubrobrunnea: Biak Island (New Guinea)
  • M. o. fumata: Southern New Guinea (Vogelkop to Port Moresby), Boigu and Saibai islands (north Torres Straits)
  • M. o. simplex: "Sultan's Myzomela". Northern Moluccas (Halmahera, Damar, Ternate, Tidore and Bacan)
  • M. o. rubrotincta: "Obi Myzomela". [6] Northern Moluccas (Obi and Bisa)
  • M. o. mortyana: Morotai (northern Moluccas)
  • M. o. obscura: Northern Territory (Melville and Bathurst is. and Arnhem Land)
  • M. o. harterti: Northern and eastern Queensland (southern Torres Straits islands south to Noosa)


Dense coastal, lowland rainforests and monsoon forests.



The diet consists mainly of nectar, with the addition of arthropods, spiders and other insects.


They build a cup shaped nest from bark, leaves and spiders' webs. The clutch consists of 2 red-spotted white eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. James Cook University
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)
  5. Wikipedia
  6. Not to be confused with the undescribed Obi Myzomela. See [7]
  7. Eaton, J.A.. van Balen, B. Brickle, N.W., B Rheindk F.E. (2021). Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago, Greater Sundas and Wallacea. Lynx Edicions. Barcelona. Second Edition

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