New Holland honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae, photographed by J. J. Harrison.

Belongs within: Meliphagidae.

Phylidonyris is a genus of slender-bodied and -billed honeyeaters found in Australia and the south-west Pacific. Members of this genus have yellow remige patches, and palatines with broadened incurved pre-palatine stems and raised, attenuately winged transpalatine process (Schodde & Mason 1999).

<==Phylidonyris Lesson 1831 [incl. Glyciphila Swainson 1837; Glyciphilidae, Phylidonyridae] B94
    |  i. s.: ‘Gliciphila’ fasciata Gould 1842 [incl. G. fasciata broomei Mathews 1912] WS48
    |         ‘Glycyphila’ incana (see below for synonymy) S13
    |         ‘Meliphaga’ indistincta Vigors & Horsfield 1827 [=Gliciphila indistincta] WS48
    |           |--M. i. indistincta (see below for synonymy) WS48
    |           `--‘Gliciphila’ i. ocularis Gould 1838 (see below for synonymy) WS48
    |         P. notabilis JT12
    |         P. undulatus JT12 [=Glycyphila undulata S13]
    |--P. pyrrhopterus JF06, JT12
    |    |--P. p. pyrrhopterus M03
    |    `--P. p. halmaturina M03
    `--+--P. niger JF06, JT12
       |    |--P. n. niger M03
       |    `--P. n. gouldi M03
       `--P. novaehollandiae JF06
            |--P. n. novaehollandiae M03
            |--P. n. campbelli M03
            |--P. n. canescens M03
            |--P. n. caudata M03
            `--P. n. longirostris M03

‘Gliciphila’ indistincta ocularis Gould 1838 [=Glyciphila ocularis; incl. Stigmatops indistincta media Mathews 1912] WS48

‘Glycyphila’ incana [incl. G. caledonica, G. chlorophaea, G. flavotincta, G. modesta, G. poliotis, G. satelles] S13

‘Meliphaga’ indistincta indistincta Vigors & Horsfield 1827 [incl. Lichmera indistincta milligani Mathews 1923, Stigmatops indistincta perplexa Mathews 1912, L. indistincta perthi Mathews 1923, L. indistincta yorki Mathews 1923] WS48

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B94] Bock, W. J. 1994. History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 222: 1-281.

[JT12] Jetz, W., G. H. Thomas, J. B. Joy, K. Hartmann & A. Ø. Mooers. 2012. The global diversity of birds in space and time. Nature 491: 444-448.

[JF06] Jønsson, K. A., & J. Fjeldså. 2006. A phylogenetic supertree of oscine passerine birds. Zoologica Scripta 35: 149-186.

[M03] Morcombe, M. 2003. Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd ed. Steve Parish Publishing.

[S13] Sarasin, F. 1913. Die Vögel Neu-Caledoniens und der Loyalty-Inseln. In Nova Caledonia: Forschungen in Neu-Caledonian und auf den Loyalty-Inseln. A. Zoologie vol. 1, Heft I (F. Sarasin & J. Roux, eds) pp. 1-78, pl. 1-3. C. W. Kreidels Verlag: Wiesbaden.

Schodde, R., & I. J. Mason. 1999. The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines. CSIRO.

[WS48] Whittell, H. M. & D. L. Serventy. 1948. A systematic list of the birds of Western Australia. Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Special Publication 1: 1-126.

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