French: Cassican à dos noir German: Schwarzrücken-Krähenstar Spanish: Verdugo dorsinegro
Salvadori and D’Albertis, 1876,
south-east New Guinea.
See C. torquatus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. mentalis
Salvadori & D’Albertis, 1876 – S New Guinea in S Trans-Fly region (Merauke E to Balimo) and SE Peninsula (Hall Sound E to Kupiano and inland to Sogeri Plateau).
C. m. kempi
Mathews, 1912 – Cape York Peninsula, in NE Australia.
25–28 cm; c. 74–100 g. Small white-throated pied butcherbird with hook-tipped strong bill. Nominate race has top and side of head and neck black, sharply demar... read more
Not well known. Song described as unhurried phrases of long and short, mellow ringing notes at low... read more
Tropical savanna woodlands and open forest, generally dominated by eucalypts (Eucalyptus... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly insects, with small vertebrates (e.g. lizards), some seeds. In New Guinea, recorded as killing a Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus... read more
Not well known; most information from New Guinea (nominate race). Territorial; present in territory all year. Laying Aug–Apr, from... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rather uncommon to locally common, and restricted in distribution. The common butcherbird of Port Moresby, in SE New Guinea. Reported density near... read more
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