Tagula Honeyeater Microptilotis vicina


Justification of Red List Category
This species is is endemic to Tagula Island, Papua New Guinea, and has only been seen a handful of times in recent years. There is no information on its likely distribution extent, population size, trends or threats, although it may be threatened by logging. For these reasons, it is classified as Data Deficient.

Population justification
This is a poorly known species and no population estimates are available.

Distribution and population

Meliphaga vicina is endemic to Tagula (= Sudest) Island (c.700 km2) in the Louisiade Archipelago of Papua New Guinea. Only two were seen on a 10-day trek from the north coast up to Mt Riu in 1992 (I. Burrows in litt. 1994) but described as abundant in forest and edge from sea level to 800 m (Beehler and Pratt 2016). Closely related to Mimic Meliphaga M. analoga which is common and adaptable to logged and otherwise degraded forest.


It is believed to inhabit forest and forest edge in the lowlands to 800 m (Schodde 1978, Coates 1990).


Over half of the forest on Tagula is already degraded and logging must remain a threat to the remaining lowland forest (Beehler 1993).

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey potentially suitable habitat on Tagula. Study its ecological requirements, tolerance of habitat degradation and threats.


Text account compilers
Dutson, G., Symes, A.

Burrows, I.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Microptilotis vicina. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/04/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/04/2019.