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Mountain Peltops

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Photo by Dave ClarkAmbua Lodge, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea, March 2007
Photo by Dave Clark
Ambua Lodge, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea, March 2007

Alternative names: Highland Peltops; Mountain Peltops-Flycatcher; Singing Peltops; Singing Peltops-Flycatcher; Singing Shieldbill

Peltops montanus


[edit] Identification

[edit] Identification

20 cm. A large-headed and stout passerine with a shallowly-forked tail.

  • Mostly glossy bluish-black plumage
  • Brown tinge on flight feathers and tail
  • Prominent white fan-shaped patch on side of ead
  • Large white patch on back
  • Striking red rump, uppertail-coverts, undertail-coverts, lower abdomen and thighs
  • White underwing
  • Orange-red to dark red-brown eye

Sexes similar, females are slightly smaller. Juveniles are duller with greyish-black plumage and some white on throat.

[edit] Similar species

Differs from very similar Lowland Peltops by more extensive white on side of head and more white on back.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to New Guinea. Found on highlands of Vogelkop and from Weyland Mountains east to Huon Peninsula and Southeast Peninsula.
Widely distributed.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Forms a superspecies with Lowland Peltops.

[edit] Habitat

Montane rainforest, often at edges of open space. Generally above 600m up to 3000m.

[edit] Behaviour

Fees mainly on insects including beetles, bugs and large moths.
Sallies out from prominent perch, returning to same perch or nearby.
Little known about breeding. The nest is reported as small cup made of twigs and rootlets, placed high in a tree.
A resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507

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