French: Capucin à poitrine noire German: Schwarzbrustnonne Spanish: Capuchino pechinegro
Other common names: Black-breasted Munia
Bele River, 2200 m, 18 km north of Lake Habbema, New Guinea.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. t. teerinki
Rand, 1940 – Grand Valley (cut by Baliem R and Bele R) and S slope of Mt Wilhelmina (in Oranje Mts), in WC New Guinea.
L. t. mariae
Ripley, 1964 – C Snow Mts N of Baliem Valley, in WC New Guinea.
10–11 cm. Male nominate race has forehead blackish shading to dark brown on crown and hindneck, brown to cinnamon-brown on upperparts, rump and uppertail-coverts yellow... read more
Contact call a soft, clear and bell-like "tseep", and a loud "tcheep",... read more
Mid-mountain grasslands, old gardens, weedy fields, cultivated fields near villages, clearings at... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of grasses, weeds and small shrubs. Takes seeds while clinging to stem and seeding heads; feeds on fallen seeds on ground. Few other... read more
Few data; details include observations of captives. Courting male holds grass in bill, then drops it and begins song, perches upright, bows... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. Poorly known. Apparently uncommon to scarce. Trapped irregularly, in very small... read more
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