French: Talégalle à bec foncé German: Schwarzschnabel-Buschhuhn Spanish: Talégalo piquinegro
Other common names:
Epa and Hall Sound, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
T. f. meyeri#R
Roselaar, 1994 – Onin Peninsula#R and S margins of Geelvink Bay (W New Guinea).
T. f. occidentis#R
C. M. N. White, 1938 – SW New Guinea (Triton and Etna Bays to upper Lorentz R).
T. f. aruensis#R
Roselaar, 1994 – Aru Is; SC New Guinea (Kolepom I E to Fly R).
T. f. fuscirostris#R
Salvadori, 1877 – SE New Guinea (Fly R E to Port Moresby).
51–58 cm; male 1325–1400 g, female 1000–1560 g. Virtually identical to T. cuvieri, from which it differs only in its dark bill and more extensively... read more
Advertising call (given near mound at all times of day, especially noon, and night) is series of 3... read more
Rainforest, monsoon forest and sometimes gallery forest, mostly in lowlands but up to 800 m or... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, grubs and fallen fruits; may take small lizards. Occasionally drinks from forest pools during dry weather.
Laying apparently year-round; evidence suggests possible peaks in wet season in lowlands (Oct–May), but in dry season (Sept–Jan... read more
Presumably sedentary. Mostly seen singly or in pairs; usually runs away, but occasionally flies off... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: Safe. Total population was thought to number 10,000–1,000,000 individuals, but declining and more recently... read more
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