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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 outlier of the bridled honeyeater (Lichenostomus frenatus) but the Eungella honeyeater was split from the bridled honeyeater in 1983.[5] The story of its discovery is documented here.

'Eungella' (pronounced yun-gulla with a hard 'g' (as in gift) and the stress on the first syllable) is believed to be an Aboriginal word for 'mountain of the mist'.[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. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  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.