Alternative names: Greater Streaked Honeyeater; Greater Sulawesi Honeyeater; White-eared Honeyeater; Meyer's Honeyeater, Mengkoka Honeyeater; Spot-headed Honeyeater; Sarasin's Myza; Spot-headed Honeysucker; Greater Myza
- Myza sarasinorum
- Blackish top and side of head and neck with fine streaking
- Fine blackish supercilium and lores
- Large violet or whitish ear-patch
- Blackish chin and throat diffusely streaked or mottled
- Dark brownish-black upperparts heavily streaked grey
- Brownish-black upperwing with reddish-brown feather edges
- Dark reddish-brown underparts with fine dark streaking on breast and belly
Sexes similar but males larger than females. Juveniles undescribed.
Myza sarasinorum has three subspecies:
- M. s. sarasinorum
- Mountains of northern Sulawesi
- M. s. chionogenys
- Mountains of north-central and south-central Sulawesi
- M. s. pholidota
- Mountains of south-eastern Sulawesi
Occurs from 1700 m to 2800 m, replaces Dark-eared Myza at higher elevations.
Feeds on nectar, takes also insects.
Forages mostly in the middle storey and in the canopy. An active and aggressive species with rapid movements. Occasionally in mixed-species flocks.
A female in breeding conditions recorded in July. No other information.
Probably a sedentary species.
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- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)
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