White-streaked honeyeater

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White-streaked honeyeater
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Meliphagidae
Genus: Trichodere
North, 1912
T. cockerelli
Binomial name
Trichodere cockerelli
(Gould, 1869)

The white-streaked honeyeater (Trichodere cockerelli) is a species of bird in the family Meliphagidae. It is monotypic within the genus Trichodere. It is endemic to Cape York Peninsula. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests.

John Gould described the white-cheeked honeyeater as Ptilotis cockerelli in 1869, naming it honour of the person—one Mr Cockerell—who shot the specimen. Gould was unsure of which genus to place it in, noting it had features that linked it to Stigmatops and Meliphaga as well, and even contemplated placing it in its own genus.[2] Alfred North erected the genus Trichodere in 1912, observing that its throat feathers were hairy in appearance, unlike any other honeyeater.[3] The genus name was derived from the Ancient Greek words trichos "hair(y)" and deire "throat".[4]

A 2017 genetic study using both mitochondrial and nuclear DNA found the white-streaked honeyeater to lie within the clade of the genus Phylidonyris. Its ancestor diverged from the lineage giving rise to the New Holland honeyeater and white-cheeked honeyeater around 7 million years ago, and their common lineage having diverged from that of the crescent honeyeater around 7.5 million years ago.[5] Molecular analysis has shown honeyeaters to be related to the Pardalotidae (pardalotes), Acanthizidae (Australian warblers, scrubwrens, thornbills, etc.), and the Maluridae (Australian fairy-wrens) in a large Meliphagoidea superfamily.[6]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Trichodere cockerelli". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Gould, John (1869). "Descriptions of five new Species of Birds from Queensland, Australia; and a new humming-bird from the Bahamas". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. 4 (4): 108–112 [109].
  3. ^ North, Alfred John (1912). "VI.—Descriptions of Two new Species and a new Genus of Australian Birds". Ibis. 54 (1): 118–20. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.1912.tb05287.x.
  4. ^ Gray, Jeannie; Fraser, Ian (2013). Australian Bird Names: A Complete Guide. Collingwood, Victoria: Csiro Publishing. ISBN 978-0-643-10471-6.
  5. ^ Marki, Petter Z.; Jønsson, Knud A., Irestedt, Martin; Nguyen, Jacqueline M.T.; Rahbek, Carsten; Fjeldså, Jon (2017). "Supermatrix phylogeny and biogeography of the Australasian Meliphagides radiation (Aves: Passeriformes)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 107: 516–29. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.12.021.
  6. ^ Barker, F. Keith; Cibois, Alice; Schikler, Peter; Feinstein, Julie; Cracraft, Joel (2004). "Phylogeny and diversification of the largest avian radiation" (PDF). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 101 (30): 11040–45. doi:10.1073/pnas.0401892101. PMC 503738. PMID 15263073. Retrieved August 3, 2010.