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Alternative name: New Caledonian Thicketbird

Megalurulus mariei

Identification

Identification:

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.

Distribution

New Caledonia

Taxonomy

Habitat

Grassland and open heathlands, lowlands, and hills.

Behaviour

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

Diet includes insects.

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