- Melanocharis nigra
11.5cm. A small, short-tailed and stubby-billed forest Berrypecker.
- Shiny blue-black upperparts
- Dark grey underparts
- White pectoral tufts
- Whitish underwing-coverts
- chloroptera with edged green upperwing-coverts and remiges
- pallida with black upperparts and grey underparts
- unicolor is entirely shiny blue-black (apart from pectoral tufts)
- Dull olive-green upperparts
- Olive-grey underparts
- White or yellowish-white pectoral tufts and underwing-coverts
Immatures are similar to females but they have ligthly yellowish washed underparts and a paler base of lower mandible.
 Similar species
Lemon-breasted Berrypecker has yellowish pectoral tufts and a longer tail.
Endemic to New Guinea.
Fairly common and widespread.
There are 4 subspecies:
- Misool Island, Salawati Island and western New Guinea
- Yapen Island, Meos Num Island, northern and eastern New Guinea
- Aru Issland and southern New Guinea (Mimika River to Fly River)
Possibly forms a species pair with Obscure Berrypecker.
Moist lowland and hill forest, tall secondary growth and canopy of mature teak plantations.
Occurs from sea-level up to 1200m, locally higher.
Heard far more often than seen.
Feeds on small berries. Takes also insects and spiders.
A very active feeder. Males may forage at higher levels than females.
Breeding recorded in various months. The nest is a neat cup bound to a bare twig fork of a sapling. Lays 1 to 2 eggs.
A sedentary species, some local wanderings recorded.
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2008. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 13: Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553453
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