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Photo by stoop
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, June 2007

Includes: Indonesian Honeyeater

Lichmera indistincta


Male 12–16 cm (4¾-6¼ in); female 11·5–15 cm (4½-6 in)

  • Dark olive brown upperparts
  • Pale grey underparts
  • Yellow tuft behind eye
  • Yellow-olive wing patches and tail
  • Long curved black bill


Photo by Tom Tarrant
Samsonvale, Southeast Queensland, Australia, September 2005

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


Photo by Mat & Cathy
Bedugul, Bali, Indonesia, September 2011

Subspecies limbata was until recently separated as a full species, Indonesian Honeyeater.


Five subspecies are recognized[1].

  • L. i. limbata:
  • L. i. ocularis:
  • L. i. nupta:
  • Aru Islands
  • L. i. indistincta:
  • L. i. melvillensis:


Open woodland near water, mangroves, heathland, and urban gardens.



The diet consists mostly of nectar with the addition of invertebrates, spiders and insects.


The female constructs a cup shaped nest from bark, grass and down. The female incubates the eggs, and both sexes feed the young.


Has a loud strident call.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Birds in Backyards
  5. Higgins, P. J., L. Christidis, and H. Ford (2022). Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.brohon1.01.1

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