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Alternative names: Dark-eared Honeyeater; Lesser Streaked Honeyeater; Lesser Myza

Myza celebensis


17 cm.

  • Grey to tawny-olive top of head and neck, finely streaked dark olive-brown
  • Largely dark olive-brown supercilium
  • Dark olive-brown line beneath eye curving up behind eye to meet the rear supercilium and enclosing a bold whitish orbital ring
  • Brownish-grey upperparts, streaked and mottled dark olive-brown to blackish
  • Dark olive-brown upperwing with pale olive to yellow-olive outer edges of remiges
  • Yellowish-grey breast merging into dark-olive brown rest of underparts, scaled and streaked paler yellowish-grey
  • Glossy black and decurved bill

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.

Similar species

The only other similar Honeyeater on Sulawesi is White-eared Myza. It's bigger and has a large bare violet ear-patch


Sulawesi endemic. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas. A widespread and common restricted-range species.



There are 2 subspecies

  • M. c. celebensis:
  • Mountains of north, central and south-eastern Sulawesi
  • M. c. meridionalis:
  • Mountains of southern Sulawesi


Moist montanes, mainly in primary forest.
Occurs from c. 900 m up to 2500 m. Replaced at higher elevations by White-eared Myza.



No details published. Forages mainly in lower levels of the forest but also in the canopy in crowns of flowering trees.
Usually seen singly or in pairs, sometimes in mixed-species flocks.


Not much known. Females with brood patches recorded in March and July.


Probably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.4). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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