English Name Scientific Name German Name Spanish Name
Cardinal Myzomela Myzomela cardinalis Kardinalhonigfresser
Micronesian Myzomela Myzomela rubratra
Rotuma Myzomela@ Myzomela chermesina
Sclater's Myzomela@ Myzomela sclateri Palakuruhonigfresser
Red-capped Myzomela@ Myzomela lafargei Scharlachnackenhonigfresser
Black-headed Myzomela@ Myzomela melanocephala Savohonigfresser
Yellow-vented Myzomela@ Myzomela eichhorni Rotbürzel-Honigfresser
Red-vested Myzomela@ Myzomela malaitae Malaitahonigfresser
Sooty Myzomela@ Myzomela tristrami Tristramhonigfresser
Sulphur-breasted Myzomela@ Myzomela jugularis Orangebrust-Honigfresser
Black-bellied Myzomela@ Myzomela erythromelas Flammenkopf-Honigfresser
Red-rumped Myzomela@ Myzomela vulnerata Dreifarben-Honigfresser
Red-collared Myzomela@ Myzomela rosenbergii Rosenberghonigfresser
Black Honeyeater@ Sugomel nigrum Trauerhonigfresser
Pied Honeyeater@ Certhionyx variegatus Elsterhonigfresser
Banded Honeyeater@ Cissomela pectoralis Brustband-Honigfresser
Mottle-breasted Honeyeater@ Meliphaga mimikae Mimikahonigfresser
Forest Honeyeater@ Meliphaga montana Bergwaldhonigfresser
Mountain Honeyeater@ Meliphaga orientalis Schlankschnabel-Honigfresser
Scrub Honeyeater@ Meliphaga albonotata Schneeohr-Honigfresser
Puff-backed Honeyeater Meliphaga aruensis Aruhonigfresser
Mimic Honeyeater Meliphaga analoga Papuahonigfresser
Tagula Honeyeater@ Meliphaga vicina Tagulahonigfresser
Graceful Honeyeater Meliphaga gracilis Feenhonigfresser
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater@ Meliphaga notata Torreshonigfresser
Yellow-gaped Honeyeater@ Meliphaga flavirictus Gelbkinn-Honigfresser
Lewin's Honeyeater@ Meliphaga lewinii Goldohr-Honigfresser
White-lined Honeyeater@ Meliphaga albilineata Weißbart-Honigfresser
Streak-breasted Honeyeater@ Meliphaga reticulata Temminckhonigfresser
Guadalcanal Honeyeater@ Guadalcanaria inexpectata Guadalcanalhonigfresser
Black-headed Honeyeater@ Melithreptus affinis Schwarzkopf-Honigfresser
Black-chinned Honeyeater@ Melithreptus gularis Schwarzkinn-Honigfresser
Golden-backed Honeyeater@ Melithreptus laetior Goldrücken-Honigfresser
Strong-billed Honeyeater@ Melithreptus validirostris Starkschnabel-Honigfresser
Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis Blauohr-Honigfresser
Stitchbird@ Notiomystis cincta Hihi Hihi
Plain Honeyeater@ Pycnopygius ixoides Bülbülhonigfresser
Marbled Honeyeater@ Pycnopygius cinereus Marmorhonigfresser
Streak-headed Honeyeater@ Pycnopygius stictocephalus Strichelkopf-Honigfresser
White-streaked Friarbird@ Melitograis gilolensis Halmaheralederkopf
Meyer's Friarbird@ Philemon meyeri Zwerglederkopf
Brass's Friarbird@ Philemon brassi Mamberanolederkopf
Little Friarbird Philemon citreogularis Glattstirn-Lederkopf
Grey Friarbird@ Philemon kisserensis
Plain Friarbird@ Philemon inornatus Timorlederkopf
Dusky Friarbird@ Philemon fuscicapillus Morotailederkopf
Seram Friarbird@ Philemon subcorniculatus Seramlederkopf
Black-faced Friarbird@ Philemon moluccensis Burulederkopf
Helmeted Friarbird Philemon buceroides Helmlederkopf
New Guinea Friarbird Philemon novaeguineae Papualederkopf
New Britain Friarbird@ Philemon cockerelli Cockerell-Lederkopf
New Ireland Friarbird@ Philemon eichhorni Eichhorn-Lederkopf
Manus Friarbird@ Philemon albitorques Manuslederkopf
Silver-crowned Friarbird@ Philemon argenticeps Weißscheitel-Lederkopf
Noisy Friarbird Philemon corniculatus Lärmlederkopf
New Caledonian Friarbird Philemon diemenensis Lessonlederkopf
Leaden Honeyeater@ Ptiloprora plumbea Bleikehl-Honigfresser
Olive-streaked Honeyeater@ Ptiloprora meekiana Meekhonigfresser
Rufous-sided Honeyeater@ Ptiloprora erythropleura Rotflanken-Honigfresser
Rufous-backed Honeyeater@ Ptiloprora guisei Rotrücken-Honigfresser
Scaly-crowned Honeyeater@ Lichmera lombokia Lombokhonigfresser
Olive Honeyeater Lichmera argentauris Silberohr-Honigfresser
Indonesian Honeyeater@ Lichmera limbata
Brown Honeyeater Lichmera indistincta Braunhonigfresser
Dark-Brown Honeyeater Lichmera incana Grauohr-Honigfresser
Silver-eared Honeyeater@ Lichmera alboauricularis Ohrflecken-Honigfresser
White-tufted Honeyeater@ Lichmera squamata Salvadorihonigfresser
Buru Honeyeater@ Lichmera deningeri Buruhonigfresser
Seram Honeyeater@ Lichmera monticola Seramhonigfresser
Yellow-eared Honeyeater@ Lichmera flavicans Timorhonigfresser
Black-chested Honeyeater@ Lichmera notabilis Finschhonigfresser
White-streaked Honeyeater@ Trichodere cockerelli Uferhonigfresser
Drab Myzomela@ Myzomela blasii Amboinahonigfresser
White-chinned Myzomela@ Myzomela albigula Weißkinn-Honigfresser
Red-throated Myzomela@ Myzomela eques Dolchstich-Honigfresser
Ashy Myzomela@ Myzomela cineracea
Dusky Myzomela Myzomela obscura Rußhonigfresser
Red Myzomela@ Myzomela cruentata Bluthonigfresser
Papuan Black Myzomela Myzomela nigrita Mohrenhonigfresser
Bismarck Black Myzomela@ Myzomela pammelaena
Olive-yellow Myzomela@ Myzomela pulchella Neuirlandhonigfresser
Crimson-hooded Myzomela@ Myzomela kuehni Wetarhonigfresser
Red-headed Myzomela Myzomela erythrocephala Rotkopf-Honigfresser
Sumba Myzomela@ Myzomela dammermani
Mountain Myzomela@ Myzomela adolphinae Arfakhonigfresser
Sulawesi Myzomela@ Myzomela chloroptera
Wakolo Myzomela@ Myzomela wakoloensis
Banda Myzomela@ Myzomela boiei
Scarlet Honeyeater@ Myzomela sanguinolenta Scharlachhonigfresser
New Caledonian Myzomela@ Myzomela caledonica
Olive Straightbill@ Timeliopsis fulvigula Buschhonigfresser
Tawny Straightbill@ Timeliopsis griseigula Geradschnabel-Honigfresser
Long-billed Honeyeater Melilestes megarhynchus Langschnabel-Honigfresser
Bougainville Honeyeater@ Stresemannia bougainvillei Bougainvillehonigfresser
Yellow-bellied Longbill Toxorhamphus novaeguineae Gelbbauch-Pfriemschnabel
Slaty-headed Longbill@ Toxorhamphus poliopterus Graukinn-Pfriemschnabel
Dwarf Longbill@ Oedistoma iliolophus Graubauch-Pfriemschnabel
Pygmy Longbill@ Oedistoma pygmaeum Zwergpfriemschnabel
Green-backed Honeyeater Glycichaera fallax Grünmantel-Honigfresser
Striped Honeyeater@ Plectorhyncha lanceolata Strichelhonigfresser
Grey Honeyeater@ Conopophila whitei Grauhonigfresser
Rufous-banded Honeyeater Conopophila albogularis Rostband-Honigfresser
Rufous-throated Honeyeater@ Conopophila rufogularis Rostkehl-Honigfresser
Painted Honeyeater@ Grantiella picta Granthonigfresser
Regent Honeyeater@ Anthochaera phrygia Warzenhonigfresser
Eastern Spinebill@ Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris Rotnacken-Honigfresser Picoespina Oriental
Western Spinebill@ Acanthorhynchus superciliosus Buntkopf-Honigfresser
Bell Miner@ Manorina melanophrys Glockenhonigfresser
Noisy Miner@ Manorina melanocephala Weißstirn-Schwatzvogel
Yellow-throated Miner@ Manorina flavigula Gelbstirn-Schwatzvogel
Black-eared Miner@ Manorina melanotis Malleeschwatzvogel
New Zealand Bellbird@ Anthornis melanura Maori-Glockenhonigfresser
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater@ Acanthagenys rufogularis Braunkehl-Honigfresser
Little Wattlebird@ Anthochaera chrysoptera Zimtflügel-Honigfresser
Western Wattlebird@ Anthochaera lunulata
Red Wattlebird@ Anthochaera carunculata Rotlappen-Honigfresser
Yellow Wattlebird@ Anthochaera paradoxa Gelblappen-Honigfresser
Tui@ Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae Tui
Cape Sugarbird@ Promerops cafer Kaphonigfresser
Gurney's Sugarbird Promerops gurneyi Natalhonigfresser
Western Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio carunculatus Schuppenkopf-Honigfresser
Singing Honeyeater@ Gavicalis virescens Pfeifhonigfresser
Yellow Honeyeater@ Stomiopera flava Zitronenhonigfresser
Varied Honeyeater Ptilotula versicolor Pirolhonigfresser
Mangrove Honeyeater@ Ptilotula fasciogularis Mangrovehonigfresser
Fuscous Honeyeater@ Ptilotula fusca Olivkehl-Honigfresser
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater Ptilotula flavescens
Grey-fronted Honeyeater@ Ptilotula plumula Grünscheitel-Honigfresser
Yellow-faced Honeyeater@ Caligavis chrysops Dreistreifen-Honigfresser
Purple-gaped Honeyeater@ Lichenostomus cratitius Purpurzügel-Honigfresser
Grey-headed Honeyeater@ Ptilotula keartlandi Grauscheitel-Honigfresser
White-plumed Honeyeater@ Ptilotula penicillata Weißbürzel-Honigfresser
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater@ Ptilotula ornata Gelbscheitel-Honigfresser
White-eared Honeyeater@ Nesoptilotis leucotis Schwarzkehl-Honigfresser
Yellow-throated Honeyeater@ Nesoptilotis flavicollis Gelbkehl-Honigfresser
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater@ Lichenostomus melanops Gelbstirn-Honigfresser
White-gaped Honeyeater@ Stomiopera unicolor Wulsthonigfresser
Bridled Honeyeater@ Bolemoreus frenatus Buntschnabel-Honigfresser
Eungella Honeyeater@ Bolemoreus hindwoodi Eungellahonigfresser
Black-throated Honeyeater@ Caligavis subfrenata Goldstreif-Honigfresser
Obscure Honeyeater@ Caligavis obscura Laubhonigfresser
Tawny-breasted Honeyeater Xanthotis flaviventer Ockerbrust-Honigfresser
Spotted Honeyeater@ Xanthotis polygrammus Drosselhonigfresser
Macleay's Honeyeater@ Xanthotis macleayanus Kappenhonigfresser
Kadavu Honeyeater@ Gymnomyza provocator Goldaugen-Honigfresser
Orange-cheeked Honeyeater@ Oreornis chrysogenys Goldwangen-Honigfresser
Bonin White-eye@ Apalopteron familiare Boninhonigfresser
Brown-headed Honeyeater@ Melithreptus brevirostris Braunkopf-Honigfresser
White-naped Honeyeater@ Melithreptus lunatus Mondstreif-Honigfresser
White-throated Honeyeater Melithreptus albogularis Weißkinn-Honigfresser
Mayr's Honeyeater@ Ptiloprora mayri Mayrhonigfresser
Black-backed Honeyeater@ Ptiloprora perstriata Streifenhonigfresser
Sooty Honeyeater@ Melionyx fuscus Buntwarzen-Honigfresser Mielero Fuliginoso
Long-bearded Honeyeater@ Melionyx princeps Langbart-Honigfresser Mielero Barbilargo
New Britain Honeyeater@ Vosea whitemanensis Gilliardhonigfresser
Short-bearded Honeyeater@ Melionyx nouhuysi Kurzbart-Honigfresser Mielero Barbicorto
Cinnamon-browed Melidectes@ Melidectes ochromelas Rostohr-Honigfresser
Vogelkop Melidectes@ Melidectes leucostephes Diademhonigfresser
Yellow-browed Melidectes@ Melidectes rufocrissalis Reichenowhonigfresser
Huon Melidectes@ Melidectes foersteri Foersterhonigfresser
Belford's Melidectes@ Melidectes belfordi Belfordhonigfresser
Ornate Melidectes@ Melidectes torquatus Zimtbrust-Honigfresser
Arfak Honeyeater@ Melipotes gymnops Fleckenbauch-Honigfresser
Makira Honeyeater@ Meliarchus sclateri Rostschwanz-Honigfresser
Common Smoky Honeyeater@ Melipotes fumigatus Aschbrust-Honigfresser
Spangled Honeyeater@ Melipotes ater Huonhonigfresser
Dark-eared Myza@ Myza celebensis Celebeshonigfresser
White-eared Myza@ Myza sarasinorum Sarasinhonigfresser
Giant Honeyeater@ Gymnomyza viridis Grünhonigfresser
Mao@ Gymnomyza samoensis Maohonigfresser
Crow Honeyeater@ Gymnomyza aubryana Rotgesicht-Honigfresser
Crescent Honeyeater@ Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera Goldflügel-Honigfresser
New Holland Honeyeater@ Phylidonyris novaehollandiae Weißaugen-Honigfresser
White-cheeked Honeyeater@ Phylidonyris niger Weißohr-Honigfresser
White-fronted Honeyeater@ Purnella albifrons Weißstirn-Honigfresser
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater@ Gliciphila melanops Goldscheitel-Honigfresser
Barred Honeyeater@ Glicifohia undulata Sperberhonigfresser
New Hebrides Honeyeater@ Glycifohia notabilis Weißbauch-Honigfresser
Bar-breasted Honeyeater@ Ramsayornis fasciatus Wellenbrust-Honigfresser
Brown-backed Honeyeater Ramsayornis modestus Sumpfhonigfresser
Chatham Bellbird@+ Anthornis melanocephala Chatham-Glockenhonigfresser Mielero de las Islas Chatham
Kimberley Honeyeater@ Meliphaga fordiana Weißbart-Honigfresser
Elegant Honeyeater Meliphaga cinereifrons Feenhonigfresser
Swan River Honeyeater@ Melithreptus chloropsis Mondstreif-Honigfresser
Taveuni Wattled Honeyeater@ Foulehaio taviuensis Taveuni-Honigfresser
Western Wattled Honeyeater@ Foulehaio procerior
Wattled Smoky Honeyeater@ Melipotes carolae

Help with Searching

My work on birds is carried out in a huge database, where I can have all records open at once. However, converting details on over 10,000 species of birds at once into html is not possible, so the information in my database can be accessed via a search engine, or by going to a family group.

Here is some advice on searching. You may like to try the examples cited below to get experience with searching.

You can search on Scientific Name (for example, “Rallus longirostris”); or on English Name (for example, “Clapper Rail”); or on French Name “Râle gris”; or German Name (for example, “Klapperralle”); or Spanish Name (for example “Rascón Piquilargo”). You can search on only one of these at a time. If the search finds a unique match, it will display full details of the species. Note that some of the fields, which may contain large amounts of information, require you to click on a “Click to see full text” to view the information in a separate window.

If the search finds more than one match, it will display all species that match the search term. For example, if you type just “Rallus” against Scientific Name, the detail of all birds in the genus Rallus will be displayed. You are warned against typing a search term that will produce hundreds of records, such as “Flycatcher” under English Name, as the resulting list may overwhelm your computer’s memory.

If you enter a search term under English Synonym ( for example, “Little Cassowary”), if the search finds a unique match, it will display the details of the species to which this name relates (in this case “Dwarf Cassowary” Casuarius bennettii). If the search term finds more than one match among English Synonyms, it will display all species that have a match with the search term ( for example, try just “Cassowary”. This will list all species that have an English synonym that includes the word “Cassowary”.)

You can also search by Scientific Synonym. For example, if you type “Scolopax obscura”, the following record will be displayed:
Scolopax obscura S.G.Gmelin,1784,Reise durch Russland zur Untersuchung der drey Reiche,3,p.90,pl.17. (Shore of Caspian Sea). (= R.a.aquaticus)

The search may retrieve more than one record. For example, if you search for “Rallus gularis”, you will get both the following records:
Rallus gularis Horsfield,1821,Transactions of the Linnaean Society of London,13,pt.1,p.196.(Java.), which is the basis of Gallirallus striatus gularis; and
Rallus gularis Lesson(ex Cuvier MS),”1831”,Traité d'Ornithologie(1830),p.536. (Madagascar). Not Rallus gularis of Horsfield,1821. (= D.c.cuvieri), which is a synonym, though not available because it is pre-occupied, of Dryolimnas cuvieri cuvieri.

Of course if you use a single word as a search term, such as “Hypotaenidia”, your search will produce all synonyms containing this term.

You should be aware that I have reproduced exactly the name as it was cited by the original author. For example, Gallirallus was originally proposed by Lafresnaye,1841 as “Galli-rallus”. And the ligature “æ” was widely used before the twentieth century, as in “Anser cærulescens Bonnaterre,1790”.
I am in the process of going through my file and replacing all instances of spelling which deviate from the modern spelling with, for example, “Gallirallus [as Galli-rallus] Lafresnaye,1841”.
Another problem is that where a citation has abbreviated the name, the abbreviated portions of the name are reproduced in brackets. For example, in G. R. Gray, 1844-49, the genus was abbreviated to the first letter; thus we find C[achinna] herpetotheres.

If you enter a term under Generic Name, if a unique match is found, it should display a single record. For example, if you enter “Rallus”, the following will be displayed:
Rallus Linnaeus,1758,Systema Naturae....editio decima,tom.1,pars 1,p.153.Type,by subsequent designation (Fleming,1821,Memoirs of the Wernerian Natural History Society,3,p.176.),Rallus aquaticus Linnaeus,1758.

Note that this is case-sensitive, for example if you type Rallus, the citation for “Gallirallus” will not be displayed, nor that for “Laterallus”.

Since my checklist is extensively annotated, this search will also display any notes that apply to a generic name. For example, if you searched for “Lyrurus”, the following will be produced:
Lyrurus Swainson,”1831”,in Swainson & Richardson,Fauna Boreali-Americana,2(1832),p.497.Type,by original designation,Tetrao tetrix Linnaeus,1758.
Note!:Madge & McGowan,2002,Pheasants,Partridges and Grouse,p.368 resurrect Lyrurus as a genus:"Though often absorbed within Tetrao,the two species of black grouse form a distinctive pair...both Lyrurus have quite ornate,peculiarly twisted tails and
(ctd!) indulge in communal lekking, which differs considerably from the often solitary "popping" of forest-living capercaillies."

Searching for a Subgeneric name is similar. For example, if you enter “Tricholimnas”, you will get:
Tricholimnas Sharpe,1893,Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club,1,p.28.Type,by original designation,Tricholimnas lafresnayanus (Verreaux) = Gallirallus lafresnayanus J. Verreaux & Des Murs,1860.
And as is usual with subgeneric names, a following note:
Note>:Tricholimnas contains only G.lafresnayanus.

Finally, you can search on Generic or Subgeneric Synonym. If you type “Nesolimnas”, you will get:
Nesolimnas Andrews,1896,Novitates Zoologicae,3,pp.260,266.Type,by monotypy,Rallus dieffenbachii G.R.Gray,1843. (= Hypotaenidea)
The entry on brackets indicates that this is a synonym of the subgeneric name Hypotaenidea.

Note that such searches will not infrequently produce more than one result. This will include cases where a name was originally cited as a Nomen nudum (that is, no type species was designated), and later cited with a valid type species. It will also include cases of Homonyms, where the later name will be marked “Not….”.

If you have any further queries, please email jpenhall@bigpond.net.au