French: Largebec à poitrine noire German: Schwarzbrust-Flachschnabel Spanish: Monarca piquiplano pechinegro
Macheirhynchus [sic] nigripectus
interior of Vogelkop = Arfak Mountains, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. n. nigripectus
Schlegel, 1871 – mountains of Vogelkop, in NW New Guinea.
M. n. saturatus
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1913 – Fakfak Mts and mountains of C New Guinea.
M. n. harterti
van Oort, 1909 – mountains of Huon Peninsula and SE New Guinea; population in Adelbert Mts presumably of this form#R.
13–15 cm; 11–12·5 g. Medium sized aberrant flycatcher; unusually shaped large flattened bill with distinct keel on upper mandible is shaped like an... read more
Vocal. Distinctive short harsh incisive “chit chit chit” notes a common contact call.... read more
Montane and submontane forest, forest edge and secondary growth, from 850 m to tree-line at 2750 m... read more
Food and feeding
Insectivorous; takes small flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera) and small wasps (Hymenoptera). Joins mixed-species feeding flocks with... read more
Recorded in Nov–Jan and also Jun, varying with locality, suggesting breeding during main rains. Nest a neat cup of fibres and moss,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common in C ranges and some outlying ranges in New Guinea. No immediate threats evident in view of this species’ wide range and... read more
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