French: Cassican des mangroves German: Mangrovekrähenstar Spanish: Verdugo negro
Lesson and Garnot
Dorey (= Manokwari), Vogelkop, north-west New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. q. quoyi
(Lesson & Garnot, 1827) – New Guinea Black Butcherbird – West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Salawati and Misool), Yapen I (in Geelvink Bay) and mainland New Guinea (except Trans-Fly).
M. q. alecto
(Schodde & Mason, 1999) – SC New Guinea (Trans-Fly region from Princess Marianne Strait E to Daru I), Aru Is, and islands in N Torres Strait (Boigu and Saibai).
M. q. spaldingi
(Masters, 1878) – Australian Black Butcherbird – N Western Australia (Cambridge Gulf) E along coast, including Tiwi Is (Bathurst I and Melville I), to coastal Arnhem Land (to Blue Mud Bay, in Gulf of Carpentaria).
M. q. jardini
(Mathews, 1912) – coastal Cape York Peninsula S to Mitchell R in W and to Cooktown in E.
M. q. rufescens
(De Vis, 1883) – NE coastal Queensland from Cooktown area S to N Broad Sound (S of Mackay), with gap at Burdekin R.
33–44 cm; 148–196 g (races unspecified), 180–220 g (spaldingi). Large, all-dark butcherbird with massive hook-tipped bill. Nominate race is black,... read more
Repertoire not well known; regional variation reported, but not well characterized. Vocalizations... read more
Nominate race occurs in most forest types and plantations in lowlands and hills, to c. 1300 m. In S... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, mainly insects; also small vertebrates, e.g. small lizards and snakes, frogs, small mammals and birds (including nestlings... read more
Little known. Laying in middle to late dry season Aug to early Jan (mainly Sept–Oct) in New Guinea; eggs mainly Sept–Jan (... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread in much of New Guinea; fairly common in Australia. Reported density of 3 birds/10 ha in rainforest near Port Moresby, in SE New... read more
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