Alternative names: Wattled Shrike-tit; Ploughshare Tit
- Eulacestoma nigropectus
12.5 - 14cm. A distinctive passerine from New Guinea:
- Black, deep bill laterally compressed and upper mandible hooked
- Large circular rose-pink wattle from gape to side of throat on each side
- Top of head and upperparts ochraceous olive, forehead more golden
- Blackish-brown or sooty black upperwings and tail
- Yellow chin and upper throat
- Black lower throat and and breast
- Olive-green rest of underparts
Females don't have wattles and they lack the black in their underparts. Juveniles are rusty chestnut above.
Endemic to New Guinea from the Weyland mountains east to the mountains of the southeast.
Rare to uncommon in most of its range.
A proposed subspecies clara regarded as invalid by most authors.
Forest and adjoining dense regrowth. Prefers thickets and climbing bamboo. Found mainly at 1950 - 2850m.
Feeds on insects.
It uses its strong, thick, wedge-shaped black bill, as a plough on dead tree branches, bark and twigs in search of food.
Often in mixed-species flocks.
Juveniles recorded in May and late June. No information about nest or clutch size.
Probably a sedentary species.
- Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
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