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Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)

Acanthagenys rufogularis

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis: Sarcopterygii
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Cladus: Avemetatarsalia
Cladus: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauriformes
Cladus: Dracohors
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Eusaurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Cladus: Averostra
Cladus: Tetanurae
Cladus: Avetheropoda
Cladus: Coelurosauria
Cladus: Tyrannoraptora
Cladus: Maniraptoromorpha
Cladus: Maniraptoriformes
Cladus: Maniraptora
Cladus: Pennaraptora
Cladus: Paraves
Cladus: Eumaniraptora
Cladus: Avialae
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Euornithes
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Ornithurae
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Cladus: Neoaves
Cladus: Telluraves
Cladus: Australaves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Corvida
Superfamilia: Meliphagoidea

Familia: Meliphagidae
Genus: Acanthagenys
Species: Acanthagenys rufogularis

Acanthagenys rufogularis Gould, 1838

Acanthogenys flavacanthus A. J. Campbell, 1899
Acanthagenys rufogularis cygnus Mathews, 1912
Acanthagenys rufogularis queenslandicus Mathews, 1912
Acanthagenys rufogularis territori Mathews, 1912
Acanthagenys rufogularis wei Mathews, 1912
Acanthagenys rufogularis woolundra Mathews, 1920
Acanthagenys rufogularis augusta Mathews, 1923
Acanthagenys rufogularis parkeri Parkes, 1980


A synopsis of the birds of Australia, and the adjacent islands Part IV: un-numbered page, plate.

Vernacular names
Cymraeg: Melysor barfog
dansk: Grågumpet Honningæder
Deutsch: Braunkehl-Honigfresser
English: Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
español: Mielero golicanelo
فارسی: عسل‌خوار چانه‌خاردار
suomi: Mustapyrstömesikko
français: Méliphage à bavette
magyar: Vöröstorkú mézevő
Nederlands: Goudkeelhoningeter
norsk: Rosennebbhonningeter
русский: Красногорлый серёжчатый медосос
svenska: Rosanäbbad honungsfågel


The Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis) is the only species in the genus Acanthegenys. It is large, for a honeyeater, ranging from 22 to 27 centimeters and weighing around 52 grams[2]. The birds are sociable, aggressive, and often observed foraging in large flocks[3].

The honeyeater is mainly frugivorous, but will also eat nectar, blossoms, insects, reptiles, and young birds.[3] Its habitat includes deserts, coastal scrubland, and dry woodlands.[2] It is also found in mangroves and orchards.[3] Its range includes most of Australia except for Tasmania, tropical Northern areas, the Southeastern coast.[4]

The Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater is a grey-brown bird with a burnt orange throat and chest. It has grey wings edged with white, and a long tail with white tips. It has a pink, black-tipped bill[3].


1. ^ BirdLife International (2008). Acanthagenys rufogularis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 18 February 2009.
2. ^ a b "Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater." Featherdal Wildlife Park, Sydney, Australia. Accessed: 18 July 2007. URL: [1]
3. ^ a b c d Birds in Backyards: Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater. Australian Museum. 2005. Accessed: 18 July 2007.
4. ^ Oz Birds: Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater. Accessed: 18 July 2007. URL

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