French: Piquebaie noir German: Weißbüschel-Beerenpicker Spanish: Picabayas negro
Manokwari, western New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. n. pallida
Stresemann & Paludan, 1932 – Waigeo I, in West Papuan Is.
M. n. nigra
(Lesson, 1830) – Black Berrypecker – West Papuan Is (Salawati, Misool), NW New Guinea (Vogelkop).
M. n. unicolor
Salvadori, 1878 – Unicolored Berrypecker – Geelvink Bay (Yapen I, Mios Num I) and N, E & SE New Guinea.
M. n. chloroptera
Salvadori, 1876 – Green-winged Berrypecker – Aru Is, SC New Guinea (Mimika R E to Purari R).
11·5 cm. Small, active, quite short-tailed and stubby-billed forest berrypecker. Male nominate race is shiny blue-black above and dark grey below, with white pectoral... read more
Song a rapid high-pitched stuttering twittering sequence, e.g. “whit-ee-chee whit-ee-chee whit-ee-... read more
Rainforest, hill forest, monsoon forest, tall secondary growth; also visits canopy of mature teak... read more
Food and feeding
Small berries, also insects and spiders (Araneae). An active feeder, frequently moving and rarely still for long, except when feeding on... read more
Recorded in May, Jun, Sept, Oct, Dec and Jan, and may occur in both wet and dry seasons; noted in pairs from Apr to Dec in Port Moresby... read more
Mainly sedentary, as indicated by recoveries of ringed individuals. Some local wandering possible,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common, and widespread. Heard far more often than it is seen, as both secretive and very active; possibly more common than it... read more
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