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New Caledonia, 15 August 2023

Alternative name: New Caledonian Thicketbird

Cincloramphus mariei

Megalurulus mariei


17-18 cm.
Long tail, male and female identical. Upperparts olive-brown; slightly darker and more rufous on crown, wings, and tail; more olive grey on back. Long white eyebrow from the base of the bill to the nape, brown eye-stripe and ear-coverts. Creamy white underparts with a pale-rufous wash, brown flanks, orange at the sides of breast, brown iris brown, black bill, yellow-horn, inside of mouth and throat black.


New Caledonia


This is a monotypic species[1].


Grassland and open heathlands, lowlands, and hills.



They nest on the ground, building an open cup of grass and other leaves in dense vegetation. 1 to 3 greyish-white eggs, which are speckled reddish-brown.


Diet consists mostly of insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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