French: Néositte noire German: Prachtkleiber Spanish: Neosita negra
Mount Scratchley, south-east New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
D. m. frontalis
van Oort, 1910 – Snow Mts, in WC New Guinea.
D. m. kuboriensis
Mayr & Gilliard, 1952 – Central Highlands (Kubor Range, Mt Giluwe), in EC New Guinea.
D. m. miranda
De Vis, 1897 – mountains of SE New Guinea (Mt Tafa, Mt Scratchley, Mt Albert Edward).
12 cm; 12–17.8 g. Male nominate race has forehead, lores and chin bright pink to red; rest of head blackish, body and upperwing generally greyish-black with greyish... read more
During foraging, several group-members continually utter contact call, described as short, faint,... read more
Upper montane (moss) forest, including partly cleared areas; mainly at 2450–3700 m,... read more
Food and feeding
Largely insectivorous; food includes larvae (to at least 3 cm in length), and spiders (Araneae). Forages mainly on high outer branches (... read more
Males of nominate race (from Mt Tafa) had enlarged testes in both May and Aug, females had slightly enlarged ovaries in Aug, and one... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. Little information; generally uncommon to rather rare, but locally common on Mt... read more
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