Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)

Least Concern

New Caledonian Thicketbird (Megalurulus mariae)


Taxonomy

French: Mégalure calédonienne German: Neukaledonien-Buschsänger Spanish: Yerbera de Nueva Caledonia
Other common names: New Caledonian Grassbird
Taxonomy:

Megalurulus mariæ

J. P. Verreaux

, 1869,

New Caledonia

.

Species name has frequently been spelt mariei; internal evidence “C’est à M. Marie...que nous nous faisons un devoir de le dédier...” could be used to justify this emendation; however, original spelling may have been based on Latinized form of Marie (“Maria”), so original spelling stands#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

New Caledonia, in SW Pacific Ocean.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; c. 28 g. An unstreaked, rather long-tailed, medium-sized warbler with stunningly white supercilium. Forehead, crown, nape and entire upperparts, including... read more

Voice

Song is a slow series of harsh “tchak” notes mixed with whistles and trills, similar to... read more

Habitat

Scrubby habitats, typically a mixture of shrubs, ferns and herbs, most common in maquis minier... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet other than “insects”. Generally alone or in pairs in dense cover; very difficult to observe as it feeds... read more

Breeding

Season Oct–Jan, seemingly chiefly at start of rains (Oct and Nov). Pair remains close to breeding territory throughout year. Nest an... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in New Caledonia EBA. This species’ extremely shy and retiring nature... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2017). New Caledonian Thicketbird (Megalurulus mariae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/58718 on 22 September 2017).