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The obscure honeyeater (Caligavis obscura) is a species of bird in the family Meliphagidae. It is found in New Guinea.

Obscure honeyeater
Naturalis Biodiversity Center - RMNH.AVES.134334 1 - Meliphaga obscura obscura (De Vis, 1897) - Meliphagidae - bird skin specimen.jpeg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Meliphagidae
Genus: Caligavis
C. obscura
Binomial name
Caligavis obscura
(De Vis, 1897)

Lichenostomus obscurus

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

The obscure honeyeater was previously placed in the genus Lichenostomus but was moved to Caligavis after a molecular phylogenetic analysis published in 2011 showed that the original genus was polyphyletic.[2][3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Lichenostomus obscurus". 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.