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The black-throated honeyeater (Caligavis subfrenata) is a species of bird in the Meliphagidae family. It is found in New Guinea. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Black-throated honeyeater
Naturalis Biodiversity Center - RMNH.AVES.18954 1 - Meliphaga subfrenata melanolaema (Reichenow, 1915) - Meliphagidae - bird skin specimen.jpeg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Meliphagidae
Genus: Caligavis
C. subfrenata
Binomial name
Caligavis subfrenata
(Salvadori, 1876)

Lichenostomus subfrenatus Salvadori, 1876

The black-throated honeyeater was originally described in 1876 as Lichenostomus subfrenatus, but was moved to Caligavis after a molecular phylogenetic analysis published in 2011 showed that Lichenostomus was polyphyletic.[2][3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Lichenostomus subfrenatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Nyári, Á.S.; Joseph, L. (2011). "Systematic dismantlement of Lichenostomus improves the basis for understanding relationships within the honeyeaters (Meliphagidae) and historical development of Australo–Papuan bird communities". Emu. 111: 202–211. doi:10.1071/mu10047.
  3. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Honeyeaters". World Bird List Version 6.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 28 January 2016.