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Mottled Berryhunter

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(Redirected from Pachycephala leucostigma)

Alternative names: Red-vented Whistler; Mottled Whistler

Rhagologus leucostigma


[edit] Identification

15 - 16.5cm. An inconspicuous Whistler with mottled plumage:

  • Grey crown and forehead
  • White lores
  • Dull rufous side of head
  • Brownish-olive upperparts
  • Brownish-grey tail
  • Dull rufous chin
  • Yellowish-white breast and flanks, each feather dusky edged or barred
  • Bill black
  • Obscurus is much greyer overall and plainer. Novus is darker than nominate

Females are heavier marked, juveniles are like females

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to New Guinea.
May be fairly common locally but poorly known.

[edit] Taxonomy

Three subspecies accepted:

  • R. l. leucostigma on Vogelkop in northwest New Guinea
  • R. l. novus in Weyland Mountains and Nassau Range in west New Guinea
  • R. l. obscurus in the mountains of central and southeast New Guinea

Often placed in genus Pachycephala, however some authorities doubt the placement within the Whistler.

[edit] Habitat

Lower montane forest, mainly at 1500 - 2550m.

[edit] Behaviour

Has been seen feeding on berries and insects, foraging in lower and middle storey.
Inconspicuous and easily missed.
The nest is a cup of tendrils with some moss, placed 4m above the ground in a tree.
Probably a sedentary species.

[edit] References

  1. 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.
  2. 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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