French: Sphécothère de Vieillot German: Feigenpirol Spanish: Papafigos de Vieillot
Vigors and Horsfield
near Rockhampton, east Queensland, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
S. v. cucullatus
(Rosenberg, 1866) – Kai Is (off SW New Guinea).
S. v. ashbyi
Mathews, 1912 – N Australia (N Western Australia and N Northern Territory).
S. v. flaviventris
Gould, 1850 – Yellow Figbird – islands in Torres Strait and NE Australia (Cape York and NE Queensland).
S. v. salvadorii
Sharpe, 1877 – SE New Guinea.
S. v. vieilloti
Vigors & Horsfield, 1827 – Grey-breasted Figbird – E Australia.
27–29·5 cm; 97–146 g. Male nominate race has crown, face, ear-coverts and neck jet-black with some gloss; bare skin around eye pink or red; upper mantle... read more
Song a hesitant series of simple tuneless whistles ending in a downslur, e.g. as "tu-tu-heer,... read more
Various wooded and forested habitats, e.g. gallery monsoon forest, large trees along rivers,... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly fruits, also some seeds and nectar; also insects, occasionally small vertebrates. Fruits include those of e.g. figs, native cherry... read more
Breeds in Oct–Feb in S of range and Sept–Mar (rarely Apr and Aug) in N; one or two broods per year. Nests in loose colonies. Co... read more
Sedentary, with local nomadic movements in search of fruiting trees; small flocks containing older... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in parts of range, which is estimated to cover c. 1,000,000–10,000,000 km2. Recorded density in eucalypt woodland in New Guinea 0... read more
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