Eungella honeyeater

The Eungella honeyeater (Bolemoreus hindwoodi) is a species of bird in the family Meliphagidae and is endemic to Australia.

Eungella honeyeater
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Meliphagidae
Genus: Bolemoreus
B. hindwoodi
Binomial name
Bolemoreus hindwoodi
(Longmore & Boles, 1983)[2]

Lichenostomus hindwoodi

This species is found only in a small area of plateau rainforest in the Clarke Range, west of Mackay, in Queensland. Occasionally, this species can be seen foraging on the rainforest margin and adjacent open forest.[3]

The species name hindwoodi is for Keith Alfred Hindwood (1904–71), an amateur ornithologist, who became the President of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union.[4]

The birds at Eungella were long considered to be an outlying population of the bridled honeyeater (Bolemoreus frenatus, formerly Lichenostomus frenatus), but they were described as a separate species in 1983.[5] The story of its discovery is documented here.

'Eungella' (/ˈjʌŋɡɛlə/ YUNG-gel-ə) is believed to be a local Aboriginal word for 'mountain of the mist' or 'land of cloud'.[6]

The Eungella 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.[7][8]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Lichenostomus hindwoodi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ "Bolemoreus hindwoodi (Longmore & Boles, 1983)". Atlas of Living Australia. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  3. ^ Morcombe, Michael (2004). Field Guide to Australian Birds, Complete Compact Edition. Archerfield, Australia: Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd. p. 279. ISBN 174021559 1.
  4. ^ Fraser, I & Gray, J 2013, Australian bird names: a complete guide, CSIRO Press, Collingwood, Vic.
  5. ^ Longmore, NW & Boles, WE 1983. 'Description and systematics of the Eungella Honeyeater Meliphaga hindwoodi. A new species of Honeyeater from Central Eastern Queensland, Australia'. Emu, vol. 83, no. 2, pp. 59-65.
  6. ^ Higgins, PJ, Peter, J & Steele, W (eds) 1999, Handbook of Australian, New Zealand & Antarctic birds, vol. 5: Tyrant-flycatchers to chats, OUP, Melbourne, pp. 720-4.
  7. ^ 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 (3): 202–211. doi:10.1071/mu10047.
  8. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Honeyeaters". World Bird List Version 6.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 28 January 2016.