Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Robin (Plesiodryas albonotata)


Taxonomy

French: Miro à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehlschnäpper Spanish: Petroica gorjinegra
Other common names: Black-bibbed Robin
Taxonomy:

Megalestes albonotatus

Salvadori

, 1875,

Arfak Mountains, New Guinea

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Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. albonotata (Salvadori, 1875) – N Vogelkop (Tamrau Mts, Arfak Mts), in NW New Guinea.
  • P. a. griseiventris (Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1913) – C New Guinea from Weyland Mts, Wissel Lakes district and Snow Mts E to Central Highlands.
  • P. a. correcta (E. J. O. Hartert, 1930) – mountains of Huon Peninsula and SE New Guinea (E from Aseki area).
  • Descriptive notes

    18–19 cm; 38–43 g. Nominate race has crown and upperparts deep blue-grey, side of forehead to ear-coverts black; upperwing blackish-brown, outer webs of remiges... read more

    Voice

    Song 2–4 high-pitched, thin, drawn-out upslurs or downslurs. Also a ringing note typical of... read more

    Habitat

    Mountain forest and secondary growth, mainly at c. 1800–2750 m, locally down to 1150 m.

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Frequents mainly higher levels, occasionally descending to lowers levels. In studies, found usually to forage 6–20 m from... read more

    Breeding

    Female in breeding condition in late Sept, fledglings being fed in mid-Feb and juveniles seen in Feb and late Nov, indicating breeding in... read more

    Movements

    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widely distributed, but considered to be generally uncommon.

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2017). Black-throated Robin (Plesiodryas albonotata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/59291 on 18 December 2017).