French: Échenilleur à masque noir German: Schwarzgesicht-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero carinegro
Turdus novae Hollandiae
J. F. Gmelin
“terra van Diemen” = Adventure Bay, Tasmania
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. subpallida
Mathews, 1912 – WC Australia (Pilbara); non-breeding possibly Lesser Sundas and Kai Is.
C. n. melanops
(Latham, 1801) – SW, S, E & N Australia and main offshore islands, also locally SE New Guinea (Port Moresby region); non-breeding Moluccas, Lesser Sundas, and E New Guinea E to W Solomons.
C. n. novaehollandiae
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – Tasmania and islands in Bass Strait (King I, Furneaux Group); non-breeding SE Australia.
32–35 cm; 89–148 g. Male nominate race is light dove-grey on head, upperparts and upperwing-coverts; greenish-black from forecrown to eye and on side of head,... read more
A cheerful, repeated “shri-lunk”, usually in flight, also a plaintive “plee-urk... read more
Open forest, forest edges, clearings and secondary growth, savanna woodland, eucalypt (... read more
Food and feeding
Eats wide variety of invertebrates, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), dragonflies (Odonata), cockroaches (Blattodea), termite alates (... read more
May–Feb in N Australia, Aug–Jan in S, and Aug and Oct–Dec in Tasmania, after rains in arid regions; Sept–Dec in New... read more
Tasmanian populations (nominate race) cross Bass Strait mainly in Mar–Apr to non-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common in Australia; locally common in SE New Guinea. Densities in eucalypt woodland 0·03–0·25 birds/ha;... read more
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