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Alternative names: Crimson-rumped Myzomela, Yellow-vented Honeyeater; Eichhorn's Honeyeater

Myzomela eichhorni


12-13 cm (4¾-5 in)

  • Dark olive-grey upperparts, darker on head and hindneck and darker blackish-olive on wing and tail
  • Scarlet rump and uppertail-coverts
  • Prominent yellowish-olive margins on wing-coverts and remiges, forming a pale panel on folded wing
  • Scarlet chin and throat
  • Yellow-olive rest of underparts


  • atrata is darker than nominate and some males have red on nape
  • ganongae is intermediate between nominate and atrata

Sexes similar but females are smaller, slightly paler and have a cinnamon-olive to rufous-olive rump.
Juveniles are dull brown-grey with a dark reddish-grey spot in the middle of chin and throat.


Solomon Islands.
A common to fairly common restricted range species.


Forms a superspecies with Sooty Myzomela, Red-bellied Myzomela, Black-headed Myzomela, Scarlet-naped Myzomela and Ebony Myzomela. All have been considered conspecific in the past.


Three subspecies recognized:

  • M. e. eichhorni on New Georgia, Rendova, Vangunu and Kolombangara islands
  • M. e. ganongae on Ranongga (Solomon Islands)
  • M. e. atrata on Solomon Islands (Vellalavella and Baga)


Found in primary and tall secondary forest. Also at forest edge in village gardens, coconut plantations and groves. On Kolombangara found in all habitats with shrubs and trees.
Occurs from sea-level up to 1500 m, most abundant at higher altitudes on Kolombangara.



Feeds on nectar but visits also ant-plants at high altitudes. Forages in small parties or in mixed-species feeding flocks in the canopy or in understorey.


Juveniles seen in late August. No other information available.


No information available.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.2). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2015)

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