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The bridled honeyeater (Bolemoreus frenatus) is a species of bird in the family Meliphagidae. It is endemic to northeastern Queensland. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist upland forests and subtropical or tropical rainforests, usually above 400 meters. In winter it descends to lower forests including mangroves and can sometimes be seen in more open habitats.

Bridled honeyeater
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Meliphagidae
Genus: Bolemoreus
B. frenatus
Binomial name
Bolemoreus frenatus
(Ramsay, 1875)

Lichenostomus frenatus

Bridled honeyeaters feed on nectar from the mistletoes, climbing pandans and the umbrella tree. They also eat beetles and other insects, generally from the mid strata of the rainforest.[2] During the breeding season, these birds can be quite aggressive, often attacking one another.

The bridled honeyeater was previously placed in the genus Lichenostomus but was moved to Bolemoreus after a molecular phylogenetic analysis published in 2011 showed that the original genus was polyphyletic.[3][4]



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Lichenostomus frenatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ [Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges] retrieved January 27, 2014
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Honeyeaters". World Bird List Version 6.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 28 January 2016.