Yellow honeyeater

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Yellow honeyeater
Lichenostromus falvus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Meliphagidae
Genus: Stomiopera
Species: S. flava
Binomial name
Stomiopera flava
(Gould, 1843)

Lichenostomus flavus

The yellow honeyeater (Stomiopera flava) is a species of bird in the family Meliphagidae. It is endemic to Australia.


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

The yellow honeyeater hovers in front of the spectacular flowers of the wild bottlebrush orchid or Coelandria smillieae which appear in northern Queensland between August and November, while feeding upon the nectar and pollinating the flowers.[2]

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



  • Jones, David L. (2006). A complete Guide to Native Orchids of Australia, including the island territories. New Holland Publishers, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W. 2086 Australia. ISBN 1-877069-12-4.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Lichenostomus flavus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Jones (2006), p. 385.
  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. 

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